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15-02-2010, 06:08 PM
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Customs charges

I know some of you guys have imported stuff from that states, and wondered how much customs you had to pay?

I want to buy a juicer, they cost around 400 here, but are 100 less if I buy from the US (inc ups shipping) - is it worth the bother or not? Wonder how much customs I'd have to pay? :-/


     
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15-02-2010, 08:22 PM
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Re: Customs charges

I wouldn't bother Azz... what if it goes faulty shortly after?

Got this from the HMRC site:

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What Customs charges do I have to pay and when?

Below is a basic summary of what additional costs you may pay according to:

* the type of goods you buy
* where they are purchased from

If you buy goods online from within the European Union (EU)

You will not be charged Customs Duty or import VAT.

Alcohol and tobacco products from within the EU cannot be sent to the UK unless arrangements have been made to pay UK Excise Duty in advance. For more information on this please see the ‘Distance Selling’ procedures in Public Notice 203 Registered Excise Dealers and Shippers.

The 27 EU countries are the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, The Irish Republic, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania.

If you buy goods online from a country outside the European Union, for instance the USA, Canada, China, Australia

You will be charged:

* Customs Duty if the amount of duty is 9 or over
* Import VAT if the value of the goods is 18 and over
* Excise Duty for some goods like alcohol and tobacco

If you buy goods online from one of the European Union 'Special Territories'

* Customs Duty will not be charged.
* Import VAT is charged if the value of the goods is 18 and over.
* Excise Duty is charged for some goods, eg alcohol and tobacco.

The EU 'Special Territories' are The Ǻland Islands (Finland), The Canary Islands (Spain), The Channel Islands (UK), The French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion and Mount Athos also known as Agion Poros (Greece).

If you buy goods online from Jersey or Guernsey

* Customs duty will not be charged.
* Import VAT is charged if the value of the goods is 18 and over.
* Many Channel Islands companies are part of a ‘VAT pre-payment’ scheme. This means you will be asked to pay import VAT if the value of the goods is over 18 at the time you pay for the goods. In this case you will not have to pay any additional costs when you receive your goods.
* Excise Duty will be charged for some goods, for example alcohol and tobacco.

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...yType=document

More on the charges:

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3.1 How are import charges calculated?

Charges are calculated by Customs staff at the postal depots where the packages are received. However, in some cases special arrangements are in place for goods purchased on the internet (see paragraph 3.4 below).

Value Added Tax (VAT) - Import VAT is charged at the same rate that applies to similar goods sold in the UK and applies to commercial goods over 18 in value, and on gifts that are over 40 in value. The value of the goods for import VAT is based on the:

* basic value of goods, plus
* postage, packing and insurance, plus
* any import (Customs or Excise) duties charged

Customs duty - Customs duty becomes payable if the goods are over 135 in value but is waived if the amount calculated is less than 9. Customs duty is usually charged as a percentage of the value of the goods.

The amount of customs duty charged will depend on the type of goods imported and their value stated on the customs declaration CN22/CN23 (converted using the rates of exchange for the month of importation as shown on our website).

The percentage varies depending on the type of goods and their country of origin. Duty is charged on the price paid for the goods including any local sales taxes plus postage, packing and insurance costs. However, the cost of postage is excluded from the calculation for customs duty on gifts except where the sender has used the Express Mail Service (EMS) as opposed to a standard mail service.

Where the value of gifts is below 630 per consignment a flat rate of duty of 2.5 per cent will be applied, but only if it is to your advantage.

Excise duty - this is charged on alcohol and tobacco products and is additional to customs duty. The excise duty on alcohol products such as wines and spirits depends on the alcohol content and volume. In the case of wine and cider whether they are sparkling or still. Duty on cigarettes is based on a percentage of the recommended retail selling price plus a flat rate amount per 1,000 cigarettes. On other tobacco products, for example, cigars or hand rolling tobacco, excise duty is charged at a flat rate per kilogram.

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...ument#P82_7769


     
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15-02-2010, 10:07 PM
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Re: Customs charges

I've got a great blender for a smoothie (rated best by Which?):

http://www.independent.co.uk/money/s...r-1029638.html

You'd have to look around for it tho.

A juicer for 400!?!?!? Sounds like a ripoff!


     
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15-02-2010, 11:01 PM
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Re: Customs charges

Cheers Z - by the time you add vat and the other charges it'll prob end up being more expensive

Jotch - I want a single auger type juicer where the juice is pressed/'crushed' out. This gives you better quality and slightly longer lasting juice than centrifugal juicers (which I already have). You can't juice wheatgrass or make oils/butters or sorbets in centrifugal juicers either.

The one I want is:


But the thing that puts me off it a bit is actually cleaning the thing - so I might go for a normal single auger instead.


     
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15-02-2010, 11:25 PM
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Re: Customs charges

Sold it to me, although I still enjoy an ice cold smoothie


     
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16-02-2010, 12:36 AM
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Re: Customs charges

If you freeze the fruit the night before just put that in and you get a yummy 100% fruit sorbet = ice cream!


If I was to get a blender I'd prob go for a Blendtec (another brand you can't get so easily here!)


     
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16-02-2010, 12:56 AM
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Sounds like you've got money to burn...300 for a blender...400+ for a juicer...



     
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16-02-2010, 01:24 AM
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I wish! I'm not getting the blender as I have a cheapy one that does the trick - plus I prefer juices to smoothies anyway.

I juice a lot so a decent juicer is ideal for me - the juicer will save money in the long run as you get more yield from that type (at least 10% more juice).

Had beetroot juice last night


     
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16-02-2010, 09:49 AM
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Doesn't that make your wee a funny colour?


     
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16-02-2010, 04:18 PM
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Re: Customs charges

Funnily enough not your wee


     
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