anyone know if

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  1. Ali and boyz

    Ali and boyz DIS Veteran

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    you are charged import duty when ordering say vitimins and wound dressings from the USA. I know if you buy clothes etc you are charged VAT etc.
     
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  3. Frances999

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    If the package is merchandise and valued at over £18, then yes. If the package is sent as a gift, then the value can be up to £36.
     
  4. Claire L

    Claire L <font color=blue>Enjoys a good broadway show<br><f

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    The Tariff for import duties is huge so really you need to contact Customs and Excise. Alot of things can be zero rated but other items surprisingly can be 12% or thereabouts. As for values of goods anything of a value over £18 is liable for duties/VAT if applicable.

    Claire ;)
     
  5. gilld

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    The perfume I wear is impossible to find here anymore so I order it online from San Francisco - I've never been charged any tax/duty and it's well over £18.
     
  6. Frances999

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    It all depends how much the company value the package at. I've ordered artwork before and the company who sent it to me stuck a $50 value on the customs declaration, despite the total I paid being over $500.

    Also, it depends by which method the item(s) is/are posted. Typically, items sent by a service such as DHL or FedEx are more likely to be picked up at customs - in these cases you will receive a bill through the post a couple of weeks after the item is delivered. Items which are relatively small and sent via USPS go in to the hands of the Royal Mail - and these are more likely to avoid the import duties.
     

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