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    Import duty

    Can someone help me understand import duty?
    Are there any differences between purchasing a watch from an AD and a private seller?
    For instance, I am based in the UK. If I purchase a watch from a member of the forums, would I still need to pay import duty on the item?
    And, can import duty be pre-paid to avoid the item being held at customs?
    I know there are online calculators to estimate the price of import duty, but by and large, I have very little understanding of what import duty applies to, and what it does not.

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    Re: Import duty

    Notice 143 explains it pretty clearly.


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    Re: Import duty

    If you buy within the EU you don't pay anything.......now. But if Brexit goes ahead it will get complicated. If you buy from USA you pay vat on a used watch. So if you want a German watch get it now to avoid import duty or wait until Brexit and you should be able to claim the vat back as EU export. Avoid dhl.

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    Re: Import duty

    Quote Originally Posted by kit7 View Post
    If you buy within the EU you don't pay anything.......now. But if Brexit goes ahead it will get complicated. If you buy from USA you pay vat on a used watch. So if you want a German watch get it now to avoid import duty or wait until Brexit and you should be able to claim the vat back as EU export. Avoid dhl.

    Why are you recommending against dhl?

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    Re: Import duty

    Basically, if you buy anything from outside the EU (doesn't matter if it's new or used) then you'll pay import VAT of 20% plus a handling charge of £8-£13 depending on carrier.
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    Re: Import duty

    Quote Originally Posted by M_Milaguet View Post
    Why are you recommending against dhl?
    If they are anything like they are in Australia, they add on all sorts of unnecessary government charges and then charge you for the privelege of them pre-paying your duty, that you never asked them to do or agreed for them to do.

    Their contract is with the seller yet they try to make out that there is a binding contract with the buyer (importer) too so you have to pay their fees. I told them where to go and got my watch only paying the duty and genuine fees that I was supposed to. If I import again, I will insist that the seller does not use DHL.
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    Re: Import duty

    ^^^^This.
    Quote Originally Posted by M_Milaguet View Post
    Why are you recommending against dhl?
    Much cheaper to use ordinary post.

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    Re: Import duty

    When you purchase from a local AD, any applicable duty (if the watch was originally from outside the EU) will have already been paid and is factored into the selling price. If you import a new or used private sale watch yourself, you will owe the duty (and VAT) upon delivery. Either way, duty will have been collected.
    Last edited by BrentYYC; March 28th, 2016 at 22:30.

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