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Old 13 February 2009, 23:57   #1
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Excise Duty costs

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Bought a gauge on e bay a Hawk eye Depth gauge, paid £31 plus postage £16 from the USA, fair enough I new postage would be dear. This gauge still cheap compared to navman and other similar makes
Was not in when delivered so went to Parcel force to pick up and had to pay another £16.01 for excise duty £8.01 and parcel for fees £8
Bought a few things in the past from USA laptop at Xmas £280 no fees last in the past have bought fish finder about £70 all in no fees
Anyone know hwy I was charged this time tried to ring the number given by parcel force to ask government number I think but always busy
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Old 14 February 2009, 01:17   #2
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Hawk eye depth gauge

Item number: 220347394166 on ebay
Have not fitted yet but looks well made,and asked them few questons got reply every time quickly
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here comes the customs for the other items you have not paid duty on!!!

would just keep quiet and think your self lucky that you got away with the others.
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It'll depend on how the customs declaration is filled out by the sender. I seem to remember that 'gift' or 'work related' isn't looked at by HMRC but 'goods' or 'purchases' are.

It's a lottert and you've got to remember that goods bought abroad should be taxed so be happy with the ones that weren't and put up with teh ones that are - or make sure sender know what the right on teh ticket

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Old 14 February 2009, 13:32   #5
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A friend of mine say that everything over £18 is opened by royal mail and then you have to pay for their efforts, how do Amazon get round this I wonder there is Amazon uk but most things come from Usa, seems like who it get sent by has the desired effect. Will say no more don’t want knocks on the door
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Get the sender to mark it as a gift and email you an invoice.
I've ordered and received lots of things from abroad and never incurred any charges.
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It really is pot luck and any of the carriers are just as likely to impose a similar fee. If you send items to the US via postal service it seems to avoid duty but the opposite seems to happen here. So a US supplier may think they're doing you a favour.

Mind you, if think how annoying it is when you have to pay it if a customer returns an item under warranty but forgets to mark the paperwork as such.
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