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    If you buy goods online from a country outside the European Union, for instance the USA, Canada, China, Australia
    You will be charged:

    Customs Duty if the amount of duty is £9 or over
    Import VAT if the value of the goods is £18 and over
    Excise Duty for some goods like alcohol and tobacco
    Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide and Fast Parcel Operators may charge you for processing your package through Customs. These charges are normally collected together with any duty/taxes on delivery but they are not Customs duties. If you need to know the exact cost of these extra charges in advance, you should contact the seller and ask which carrier they will be using to send your goods. You can then contact the carrier and ask what their charges will be.

    from http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...yType=document

    so duty between 5-9%
    say 9% makes £5.76
    total around £70
    VAT at 17.5% around another £10
    now total is £80
    PLUS whatever the parcel service decides to charge you for processing all this through customs.
    You're looking at over £100
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    $100 isn't £50, more like £64.15 to be precise

    hmmm has that improved recently? i though we were worse off going to the states than that
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    Man, if only there were no customs, we'd all be rolling around in Macbooks and trainers.
 
 
 
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