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  • 4pt
    If the charge seems high(er than you're expecting) when the stuff arrives, double check with customs ASAP. I've had times when UK customs read the yen value as being in pounds... that's always a laugh to correct.
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    AshuriiKareshi (Vor 1 Monat) #35757719On Solaris you can devalue and ask not to put the shipping cost on the box. So you could avoid customs. I have yet to see any parcel in the UK be opened to check contents is worth what it says.


    They do open them sometimes including to check the value. For example, I won a pair of Gucci sunglasses on Ebay America for $1 as I was the only one bidding. They were really old ugly ones I was just going to use as a prop and wanted the case as a replacement. They opened that up and sent me a letter to call them. I did and the guy said he found it hard to believe but I explained to him and he changed his tone. Told me to submit a printout of the auction and then he cancelled the charges.

    It happens but is very rare.

    fc_dean (Vor 1 Monat) #35757312The delivery man will typically want it to be paid at the door. It's basically COD. (Cash on Delivery)
    If you are unable to pay at the door, he will take it back to the post office and will hold it there for around 2 weeks.


    They send you a card/letter informing you of what you owe. You can pay online, phone, person or post. They don't demand payment on the doorstep anymore. They haven't done that for at least a decade, possibly more.
    Vor 1 Monat
    3pt
    MelodyElodie (Vor 1 Monat) #35761009This (sometimes) includes shipping on top of your original item.

    Sometimes? You are lucky then. In Germany I have to pay ALWAYS for the shipping on top of the original item.

    If I use proxy services like Buyee and such, what I often do, they even let me pay 19%+custom fees on the shippings that occured within Japan and service fees I payed for service in Japan, before shipping it to Germany...

    It's really crazy...
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    AshuriiKareshi (Vor 1 Monat) #35761254I didn't know that. But that should be simple enough as he's a friend. Does have to be an actual physical letter? That would be difficult to prove with shops -.-

    That's the point ;).
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    tharglet (Vor 1 Monat) #35761134That it has. If an actual gift is mistakenly taxed, then you have to get a letter from the person sending it, stating it's a gift (I looked into it) for them to refund you.

    I didn't know that. But that should be simple enough as he's a friend. Does have to be an actual physical letter? That would be difficult to prove with shops -.-
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    AshuriiKareshi (Vor 1 Monat) #35760995I'll tell him to mark it as gift and declare it under £35 (I think the gift limit has gone from £34 to £39 now). That way no matter what the shipping cost is it shouldn't affect it.

    That it has. If an actual gift is mistakenly taxed, then you have to get a letter from the person sending it, stating it's a gift (I looked into it) for them to refund you.
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    Hi! I've dealt with the stupid VAT and handling fees as a U.K. Citizen.

    You always have to pay 20% for your items that you are importing because unfourntly that is how the UK works. This (sometimes) includes shipping on top of your original item.

    Depending who your carrier is, Royal Mail will charge you £8 with those handling fees or ParcelForce will hit you up with a £13.50 handing fee (which is ridiculous, they should really be charging the same as RM).

    Here's an example that I went through:
    So I brought ITEM #131203 via AmiAmi.
    The cost of the figure was 3,180 yen
    The cost of the shipping was 4,700 yen (This is with DHL)

    DHL would look this over and would put the two costs together which is 7,880 yen or around £53.65 (But I'm pretty sure they didn't care and only looked at the figure price which I'm actually super lucky with so in my case, just the figure which is about £4.32 which isn't bad at all).
    I was then charged 20% of that, plus the handling fee by ParcelForce, so £13.50. I'm looking at the email I got sent when I paid the payment and overall I had to pay £19.12
    This was in late January, yen prices have risen a bit so obviously it's not totally accurate but it's the closest example I can give you.

    How do you pay?
    You don't pay at the door. That never ever happens. Most people tend to go onto the carrier's website and input a code they were sent through the mail and pay on their websites. You can do it at the depot but it's too much of a hassle (Even mine is like a 3 min drive up the road (A Royal Mail one) but I can't be asked).

    You'll be completely fine. Just make sure everything adds up correctly.

    Edit:
    You can find more information if you need:
    Parcelforce: www.parcelforce...
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    tharglet (Vor 1 Monat) #35760714Ah, I knew that was somewhere! Yeah, gifts you get VAT-free postage, if the customs agent sufficiently believes it's a gift, when it's marked as such. I think sometimes they fiddle it, esp if there's a logo on the box.

    .... seriously. If they believe. That's not fair :( they should have to provide evidence. Sometimes I think RM and PF just make up stuff. The difference is RM don't care about the money whereas PF do XD

    But I'm happy I've been reminded of all this. I need to get some stuff shipped from a friend in the US so I'll tell him to mark it as gift and declare it under £35 (I think the gift limit has gone from £34 to £39 now). That way no matter what the shipping cost is it shouldn't affect it.
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    AshuriiKareshi (Vor 1 Monat) #35760541I've found where it says it doesn't include postage. It's on gifts.
    "As with Customs Duty, the cost of postage is excluded from the calculation for VAT on gifts except where the sender has used the Express Mail Service (EMS) as opposed to a standard mail service."


    Ah, I knew that was somewhere! Yeah, gifts you get VAT-free postage, if the customs agent sufficiently believes it's a gift, when it's marked as such. I think sometimes they fiddle it, esp if there's a logo on the box.
    Vor 1 Monat
    1pt
    import fees r so fun
    youll get a card with how much to pay online, then get it mailed back again 2 days later
    or you can pay online and collect it yourself 2 days later
    Vor 1 Monat
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