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    • Justin_
    • By Justin_ 11th Sep 17, 8:05 PM
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    Help with a customs fee
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:05 PM
    Help with a customs fee 11th Sep 17 at 8:05 PM
    Hi! Its my first time posting so i hope ive done it in the right place.

    One of my friends moved to america 2 years ago and had been sending over birthday presents, christmas presents etc every year. I was told before that if the present is marked under 34 then you dont pay customs so she always makes sure its under 30. She sent me a birthday present over for last month and i recieved a letter from parcel force saying i need to pay a import VAT. This has never happened before so i was wondering if we'd done something wrong or if it was a mistake on the customs persons behalf? Im just hoping this wont happen every time now. The parcel was declared as 30. Any help? Thanks.
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 11th Sep 17, 8:08 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:08 PM
    Declaring a parcel for X value isn't the same as it being X value.

    What was the value of the item?
    • Justin_
    • By Justin_ 11th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
    It was $39.99
    • Brynsam
    • By Brynsam 11th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
    Postage and any insurance costs are added to the value of the package - could that have taken it over the limit (which is now 39)?

    If you still think the charge is wrong, you can submit a claim for repayment. See https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty (scroll down towards the bottom).
    • Justin_
    • By Justin_ 11th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
    Oh really, i didnt know the postage was added on or that it was 39 now! Maybe it changed since i last recieved someting? How annoying,Thanks anyway, thats probably it as postage is a fair ammount!
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 11th Sep 17, 8:17 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:17 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 8:17 PM
    No it hasn't changed, it is purely that you have been lucky.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 12th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 12th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
    Postage and any insurance costs are added to the value of the package - could that have taken it over the limit (which is now 39)?
    Originally posted by Brynsam
    The 15 limit for personal imports and the 39 for goods don't have postage and insurance taken into account provided that these limits are not exceeded.
    It's only when the value is above those figures that postage and insurance are added.
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