taxes on chinese goods ?

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  1. greyman1

    greyman1 Read Only Funster

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    as i understand it , if you buy something from china via ebay etc you can be liable for some import taxes etc when you finally receive the goods . does anyone know what these charges are based on ? is it a percentage of the purchase price ? many thanks garry
     
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    Plus vat at 20%..

    The duty will depend on what the item is, HM Customs will have a list.
    It's a 50/50 gamble and depends on the value of the declared goods and how often you do it..

    I have had lots of small low value items and no charges..

    In the past I used to import electronic components from Japan, when goods had arrived you usually had a note off the local post office to go, collect and pay vat and duty.

    http://www.dutycalculator.com/
     
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    Import taxes are the same from China as anywhere else.

    There is a minimum value where no tax is due but i cant remember off hand what that figure is.....from memory, if the actual tax is less than £9 then nothing is due.
    Obviously must cost more than that to process and collect the tax or it would be charged.

    Vat may also be due on both the item AND postage.
     
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    cheers for the prompt replies guys . the item is only £8.99 inc free postage so it sounds like it might come in under the radar so to speak !
     
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    Chances are it will be packaged and labelled as a 'gift' and declared as such - it should just drop on your doorstep no bother, no fees, no tax, no duty, no nothing!
    At least - nothing I've ever had has:Wink:
     
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    I've had loads of low value items from China and never been charged anything.
     
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    from experience anything worth above £50 declared or bigger than a jiffy bag or a couple of packets of cigarettes and HMCE will open the parcel and decide whether to bill you for import and VAT. under that and it just goes by on the conveyer belt and is ignored.

    i have bought allsorts from components to various electrical items and not had any charges. A friends son bought a playstation and some games and ended up paying more in import duties than he saved from buying in the uk. you just have to be sensible
     
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    I have bought several items from the USA and if it was £18 or more I had to pay on it, the firms I bought from will not put a gift on the parcel, as it obviously isn`t. I had to pay the sorting office before I could get the parcel.

    If you buy from Jersey, if it is several items they are sent separately so nothing to pay. that has been our experience.
    Margaret
     
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