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Old 05 August 2007, 05:05   #11
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Import Charges

Dear All
I import Plastic Military Spec Septer 20L Jerry Cans from the USA. I use Schenker Logistics in Bournemouth.
There are a standard number of charges you pay for the privilage. All must be taken into account when doing your sums. This is a real time example of charges for the import of a Jerry can order valued at £614.00

UK Customs Duty - £39.62
Fuel Surcharge - £42.00 (Based on weight (as I was flying fresh air an engine may well incur a higher cost.)
Deferment Charge - £15.00
Customs Clearence Charge - £30.00
Airline Handling - £28.00 (Getting Off the Plane)
Delivery Service - £22.50 ((To Bonded wearhouse)
VAT - £113.61 (This can be reclaimed as imput tax if
VAT registered
Delivery to your dealer - £60.00

Total £340 ish

Obviously there are economies of scale to apply but there are numerous hidden charges, hence when people look at web sites for prices of items in US dollars they look very cheap in light of the strong pound, however the charges are in GBP and thus nosaving here. The cans retail in the US for aprox £22.00 but to break even I need to sell at £33.50 and I retail at £39.99 so not much margin there....

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Greg,

Its something I'd always suspected. I used to import DVDs from the US and the only time it was worth it was if you managed to avoid getting clobbered for tax. It seemed to be a hit and miss thing when DVDs first came out.
When you take in to account any hassle that might be involved in warranty claims you have to seriously think about if its worth importing from the US.

What you need is a friendly airline worker who travels to the US a lot.

Having said that I have ordered mercury parts, paid all the tax and lots of carriage and still got it cheaper than the best UK price I could get.


Certainly worth doing your homework before buying from the US.

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Dear All
I import Plastic Military Spec Septer 20L Jerry Cans from the USA.
You'll find they're cheaper if you buy them direct from the manufacturer(Scepter) in Canada
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Old 06 August 2007, 15:45   #14
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Oh if it was....

DD. I wish they would sell to me direct however I do not meet the min threshhold order levels for bulk export. I am currently trying to negotiate a distribution deal with them, however I need to demonstrate I can move large quantities. I have a source where the margin is not that much greater and I'm benefiting from the strong £ against the $. Rome wasn't built in a day and all that but I do have them in stock if you want some!!

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