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Old 02 November 2002, 07:16   #11
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Yep, samples and gifts are tax free. You could argue that the store was sending you the stuff as a gift after you gave them a gift of a few thousand dollars. Could work!

Keith, ah that explanation does seem very logical, and amusing too!

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Old 02 November 2002, 07:25   #12
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Please note that when you buy something from the US ask the supplier not to put a value on the package and to write on it the words either 'GIFT-NO VALUE' or 'SAMPLE-NO VALUE' in that way you avoid VAT, tax and the like in ANY of the European (EEC) States.
The problem here is if HMC open the package and find the invoice! If they do that then you will get clobbered.

I've purchased stuff from the USA via the web and not had a problem. Sometimes I'v had to pay tax, others not.

We export quite a lot to the USA. I am sometimes asked to declare 'no value'. This is a risky business and I say that I can't do it.

We live in a world-wide global market place. Buy from the web after you are sure you are dealing with a reputable company. I'm sure you will have no problem. I'll most likely get my sonar (fish finder) from one of the on-line dealers in the USA.

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Old 02 November 2002, 07:33   #13
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Re: TO ALL WHO BUY STAFF FROM THE US

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Please note that when you buy something from the US ask the supplier not to put a value on the package and to write on it the words either 'GIFT-NO VALUE' or 'SAMPLE-NO VALUE' in that way you avoid VAT, tax and the like in ANY of the European (EEC) States.

Hope I helped.
Jeez Manos you sure helped someone here today ! The customs people. You dont really believe that they will accept a "gift" as an excuse for seats or electronic goods do you ? And for someone who is advertising ribs at "up to 30% discount here on this board you are sure to draw attention to yourself from the revenue people. "DOH"
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Old 02 November 2002, 08:34   #14
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Well guys there is no need for the supplier from US to put the receipt in the parcel.
Actually most of the suppliers in the US know that and they usually send you the nreciept with different post.
The parcel has no reciept and the supplier says is 'a gift' or 'a sample' .

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Hey Scotty I think that you are being a bit hard on Manos. He was giving us all a piece of advice based on his own experience. Whether you choose to take that advice or to ignore it is up to the individual. Personally I would take the chance but you may not want to.
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Old 02 November 2002, 08:39   #16
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Just a quick note what ever we import in this country as a business (as far as ou RIBs and other equipment is concerened) is done properly. It comes on a cntr and clears customs as everyone elses. Sop we the VAT, and by the way SAfrican imports don't pay tax any way

However, if one know the tricks of the trade I don't think that is any harm in sharing them

Wouldn't you do the same (I wonder)??
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Old 02 November 2002, 08:41   #17
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Would duty apply if

someone in the states purchased the item, say a vhf for example, then posted it to the UK

That person in the states was then reimbursed privately by bank transfer from person in UK ?

I thought that when you travelled to the USA anyway you were able to have a certain allowance for purchases to bring back tax free ?

Anybody clearer on this position

Oh and thanks for the examples posted of how people have saved money, this is exactly how this forum can be usefull in sharing good ideas

I do not mean ideas how we can rip off the HMC & Excise, but examples of where genuine savings have been made, a bit like importing cars from europe and the process

So loads more info please !!!!!
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Old 02 November 2002, 09:07   #18
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I believe what you want to say is that do you pay VAT and Tax in the UK if a friend of your who lives in the US buys something there on your behalf, sends it to the UK 'as a gift' and you pay him in the US by bank transfer??
Well, you will not pay VAT or tax in the UK PROVIDED that the customs receipt on the parcel which was completed in the US stated clearly that this is a 'gift' and ''has no value'.
On the other hand, if you travel to an non EEC country you have a tax free allowance on various goods/items.
The amount of the allowance depends on the country you are travelling to. I think in the US is something like $ 500 or $ 1,000(but check these figures). You can bring items that you baught in the US to the UK (up to that value) without paying tax or VAT. However, you will have to pay tax in the US.
Nevertheless, your best bet is to call Customs & Excise help line and they will be able to help you. They will also send you a book informing you about all these things.
But one should not look far, similar items are competitively priced in the EEC too. I believe that in Greece right now you find very cheap electronics i.e. VHFs, GPSs, TVs, Stereos etc as well as cars (believe it or not- cheaper than in the UK).
Italy is also competitive. Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and UK expenssive (UK being the most expenssive of all these countries- UK reminds me of HARODS ).
I also think that in Holland one can find some competitively priced electronics equipment too. And as we all know there is NO IMPORT TAX OR DUTY to items bought from an EEC Member State.

Now you will be wondering how do I know all these.
Am I a customs officer???
The answer is simple I had to learn it all and MUCH MORE in order to be able to get the most competitive deal for my customers.
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