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    • PS8800
    • By PS8800 8th Feb 19, 3:52 PM
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    Bought handbag from Japan with FREE SHIPPING...
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    • 8th Feb 19, 3:52 PM
    Bought handbag from Japan with FREE SHIPPING... 8th Feb 19 at 3:52 PM
    Total GBP285
    Just got a letter through the door with charges at a total of GBP97!!
    Breakdown:
    Customs duty: 18.17
    Import VAT 67.39
    Clearance Fee 12.00

    Thats almost a 1/3 of the cost of the item! Does this seem correct!?
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    • Brynsam
    • By Brynsam 8th Feb 19, 4:51 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 4:51 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 4:51 PM
    Sadly it does. Free shipping is neither here nor there; if you'd paid for shipping that would be added to the cost of the bag and you'd be taxed on the lot (it's to stop people 'selling' items for a tiny amount and then adding a huge delivery cost).
    • PS8800
    • By PS8800 8th Feb 19, 5:19 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:19 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:19 PM
    if thats the case I was taxed around 23.5%?
    • emmbrook
    • By emmbrook 8th Feb 19, 5:34 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:34 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:34 PM
    That’s about right. 20% VAT plus duty. The £12 handling fee isn’t tax.

    All detailed here: https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad

    If it’s over £15 then it’s taxable if from outside the EU.
    Last edited by emmbrook; 08-02-2019 at 5:35 PM. Reason: Correction
    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 8th Feb 19, 5:37 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:37 PM
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    • 8th Feb 19, 5:37 PM
    if thats the case I was taxed around 23.5%?
    Originally posted by PS8800

    VAT could look higher partly due to fluctuations in exchange rate. VAT is also due on the customs duty.

    Also if the documentation wasn't filled out perfectly - eg if the value of the bag was shown as £285 (rather than say 255 + 30 shipping) the import people would then add shipping to this and charge VAT on it.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
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    • PS8800
    • By PS8800 11th Feb 19, 11:42 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 11:42 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 11:42 AM
    It just seems odd to have to pay this on a used vintage 10yr old + handbag. If it was coming from an online store, new, i'd maybe get it.
    • KatrinaWaves
    • By KatrinaWaves 11th Feb 19, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 11:54 AM
    It just seems odd to have to pay this on a used vintage 10yr old + handbag. If it was coming from an online store, new, i'd maybe get it.
    Originally posted by PS8800
    It is taxed on the items value. Age has no bearing on it.

    You clearly felt the item is worth £285, therefore you have to pay customs on it. Anything over £15 can be charged, and clearly you are far over that.
    • RFW
    • By RFW 11th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 12:05 PM
    If you can afford to buy a second hand handbag for nearly £300 you can surely afford the import costs.
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 11th Feb 19, 2:14 PM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 2:14 PM
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    • 11th Feb 19, 2:14 PM
    If you can afford to buy a second hand handbag for nearly £300 you can surely afford the import costs.
    Originally posted by RFW
    Just the sort of unhelpful comment that would be likely to put somebody off ever posting again. People can spend their money as they want, plus the OP has made a small contribution to the nation's coffers.
    • RFW
    • By RFW 11th Feb 19, 2:48 PM
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    Just the sort of unhelpful comment that would be likely to put somebody off ever posting again. People can spend their money as they want, plus the OP has made a small contribution to the nation's coffers.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    Correction, the OP is complaining about having to make a small contribution to the nation's coffers, I see no confirmation that it has actually been paid yet.
    This is a money saving site. My money saving advice is buy a new bag for a tenner in Primark, they handle all the taxes for you
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 11th Feb 19, 3:51 PM
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    Correction, the OP is complaining about having to make a small contribution to the nation's coffers, I see no confirmation that it has actually been paid yet.
    This is a money saving site. My money saving advice is buy a new bag for a tenner in Primark, they handle all the taxes for you
    Originally posted by RFW
    Correction, the OP is asking if it is correct.

    However, I do agree about Primark. I bought a bag from there which cost £6.99 about 8 years ago, used as an everyday bag since and still going strong - not particularly smart though so I do use a better one for "going out" (Not £285 worth though and still very MSE).
    • walwyn1978
    • By walwyn1978 11th Feb 19, 5:49 PM
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    It just seems odd to have to pay this on a used vintage 10yr old + handbag. If it was coming from an online store, new, i'd maybe get it.
    Originally posted by PS8800
    Age and whether itís new or second hand doesnít matter, itís all based on value. I collect car license plates from US and Canada states: I can often get them fairly/very cheap on eBay from their Ďhomeí country etc on comparison to here but have to pay customs duties etc even though the oldest one I have bought that way is from the 1930ís.
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