Buying children's clothes from USA

I've just ordered a couple of t shirts for my children from the USA - not something I'd normally do but these are one-off limited editions of something they're both big fans of. The value of the t shirts plus shipping comes to around £38. That should mean that I'll have to pay import VAT on them. I'm wondering though whether the fact that they're children's sizes will make them exempt so I don't have to pay anything. Also what will happen if there are charges payable, do I get something through the post from Royal Mail asking me to pay, and when I pay would the parcel then be sent straight on to my home address or would I have to collect it at a Royal Mail depot? I've never ordered from other countries before so I'm unsure about the process.

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  • Westin
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    I think you might wish to repost your question in another forum.

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  • quoia
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    It's quite possible the Royal Mail will bring it to your door and ask you to pay the duty or VAT due on it before handing it over

    In addition to the duty or VAT liable, you will be charged a £8 handling fee by and for this service provided by the RM in collecting these monies due to Customs & Excise
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  • Children's clothes 0% VAT but still import duty & (joys) postage charges
    "Youthwear" subject to VAT as well as import duties & (Still joys) postage charges.

    About the only upside of buying American is their sizing which is frankly generous.
  • Thanks everyone, will just have to see what happens (it's being dispatched at the end of this month so will find out in a few weeks). It's a one-off so if I pay some fees it's not the end of the world, but obviously the less it is the better.
  • Well I received the parcel straight to my door with no extra payments of any type required, and it only took two days to arrive from the States, great service! Sizes are ok as it had measurements on the website so I based it on the measurements of t shirts my children already have.
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