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    Lens imports USA to UK

    Have bought a Bronica lens on Ebay from USA and UPS tried to deliver yesterday but I was out of the house. The note left by the delivery person says £18.23 payment is due on delivery. This is on top of postage already paid.
    I guess this is a customs duty payment (something I had forgotten about living and trading in the EU) and the question is how is this payment calculated on secondhand camera equipment imported from the USA so that I can factor this in when bidding in the future? Two dollars to the pound makes USA prices seem very yummy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chorleyjeff View Post
    Have bought a Bronica lens on Ebay from USA and UPS tried to deliver yesterday but I was out of the house. The note left by the delivery person says £18.23 payment is due on delivery. This is on top of postage already paid.
    I guess this is a customs duty payment (something I had forgotten about living and trading in the EU) and the question is how is this payment calculated on secondhand camera equipment imported from the USA so that I can factor this in when bidding in the future? Two dollars to the pound makes USA prices seem very yummy!
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    I have just had the same experience. The charge is VAT added on the $ price stated on the export label plus an £8.00 handling fee by the Post Office

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    Quote Originally Posted by chorleyjeff View Post
    Have bought a Bronica lens on Ebay from USA and UPS tried to deliver yesterday but I was out of the house. The note left by the delivery person says £18.23 payment is due on delivery. This is on top of postage already paid.
    I guess this is a customs duty payment (something I had forgotten about living and trading in the EU) and the question is how is this payment calculated on secondhand camera equipment imported from the USA so that I can factor this in when bidding in the future? Two dollars to the pound makes USA prices seem very yummy!
    Cheers
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    Vat @ 17.5% plus import duty of (I think -- it's a long time since I did this) 8-10 percent on the declared value on the package. Often there's a courier handling charge too, typically as much as GBP 10.

    Courier companies usually (but not always) make these charges; the Post Office often doesn't bother if they're small, and doesn't (or at least, used not to) impose a handling charge.

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    Roger

    I was told by the PO that the PO now charge an £8.00 handling fee on goods where they have to retreive the VAT for the Custom Office. No import duties were charged but VAT was calculated on the $ amount stated on the ticket

    Ticket stated $80 , VAT was £7.15 (17.5% of (£40 odd pounds)

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    Quote Originally Posted by philldresser View Post
    Roger

    I was told by the PO that the PO now charge an £8.00 handling fee on goods where they have to retreive the VAT for the Custom Office. No import duties were charged but VAT was calculated on the $ amount stated on the ticket

    Ticket stated $80 , VAT was £7.15 (17.5% of (£40 odd pounds)

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    Blimey that was quick!
    Thanks for the very helpful info.
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    On second-hand equipment I've usually been charged 3% import duty and VAT, this is all payable on the cost of the item including the shipping.

    The surprise is we get taxed on the shipping too, and as the taxes are cumulative it works out more like 22%.

    Having said that I've bought quite a few lenses from the US & Canada and have paid no import duty on any of them, the two 10x8 cameras though were taxed.

    Even with the tax though it is still far cheaper to buy from the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philldresser View Post
    I was told by the PO that the PO now charge an £8.00 handling fee on goods where they have to retreive the VAT for the Custom Office.
    Dear Phill,

    Ah, yes... Hence my arse-covering 'used not to'.

    But I thought it better to post an imperfect answer, because (a) it's better than nothing and (b) someone woukd soon correct me...

    The import duty does seem to be somewhat randomly applied.

    Thanks,

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    AFAIK there will be no import duty/tax or VAT charged if

    01. the item is used
    02. the item has been purchased from a private individual
    03. the buyer is a private individual

    However, if you purchase anything from a dealer in the US (commercial), you have to pay

    01. import duty
    02. VAT based on product value plus shipping costs plus import duty
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    Entirely wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!

    No EU duty has ever been paid -- So you pay it.

    Customs don't care who you buy from business or private individual, and you don't just pay VAT you also pay import duty which starts at 3%, it can add up to 22% plus. Oh and I forgot you also pay tax on the postage/carriage.

    Having said that I've only really been made to pay full tax on 2 items, both 10"x8" cameras, and I buy nearly everything from the US, and import to the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    No EU duty has ever been paid -- So you pay it.

    Customs don't care who you buy from business or private individual, and you don't just pay VAT you also pay import duty which starts at 3%, it can add up to 22% plus. Oh and I forgot you also pay tax on the postage/carriage.
    This is true, I checked with customs a while back.

    Ordering stuff from KEH and importing to UK I normally get hit with an extra 20%.

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