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    import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    just bought a g shock from a seller in the usa...i paid $50 for the watch and that includes postage sent via usps with a tracking number.i live in the uk. apparently there will be vat to pay etc when the item arrives in the uk.does anyone from the uk thats bought from the usa have any experience with purchasing from the usa...how it works and have any idea how much i will have to pay when it arrives. my great find might turn out to be a very expensive find
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    $50 is right on the upper limit for not having to pay import tax. There is information on the Inland Revenue (YouGov if I remember correctly) website so take a quick look on there. It depends if the seller declares the total (as sold to you) or the original price that he bought it for (which presumably is more which would put you in the bracket for paying import tax which I believe is at the same rate as VAT but from my experience this can be a bit of a lottery (again I believe this is explained on the Inland Revenue website).
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    Re: import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    Tax for a $50 watch ? Already in austerity ?
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    Re: import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    £15 is the limit!! above that and you may have to pay charges plus the admin fee usually £8-12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hughes View Post
    £15 is the limit!! above that and you may have to pay charges plus the admin fee usually £8-12
    Plus the real nasty part is that HM Customs also add the postage cost onto the value of the items too. So even of you pay £10 for a watch, they often add the £10 or so postage on top to ensure it goes over the limit.

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    thanks for the replys guys...will just have to wait it out and hopefully not get stung too badly.looks like my shopping "abroad" is about to come to an end.will check out the HMR site too.all the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by psweeting View Post
    Plus the real nasty part is that HM Customs also add the postage cost onto the value of the items too. So even of you pay £10 for a watch, they often add the £10 or so postage on top to ensure it goes over the limit.
    They charge tax on the declared limit so if they have added postage costs on this is because the seller declared postage costs as part of the total paid when shipping it.
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    Re: import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    Don't get your knickers in a twist. A VAT tax is coming to the U.S.
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    import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    I wasn't aware of that, I thought they added it onto the declaration.
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    import costs and vat when buying from the usa

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hughes View Post
    £15 is the limit!! above that and you may have to pay charges plus the admin fee usually £8-12
    Ah yes. Of course you're right Mike. I was thinking of items received as gifts. They are subject to a higher allowance, although obviously if you had bought the watch it would not qualify as a gift. Obviously.
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