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    Default Overseas purchases - warning to fellow CUK cheapskates

    Never heard of this before, so tip to anyone else. Brought something from the US, got home to find it had been left with a neighbour.

    Shortly afterwards got a phone call from DHL asking for a duty/VAT payment + fee. I assumed it was a scam but after a few online checks, including HMRC site, I found it wasn't. Apparently overseas purchases often do not include duty and VAT which is then charged by the delivery company. Then they add a fee.

    Bah!!!! Bloody government - biggest fraudsters of all!

    https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty
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    I've been caught by this. Bought something off a random web site, turned out it came from China.

    The worst bit is that it's not just the VAT you pay, you have to pay the courier an admin fee in the region of £10 as well. (Edit: sorry, I see you mentioned the fee.)

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    Ahh such an innocent.

    Royal Mail can charge you the same.

    That's why you need to be careful when receiving or sending gifts outside the EFTA as to their value.

    BTW You also need to be careful when shipping your own stuff from abroad using a courier.
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    That's why you need to be careful when receiving or sending gifts
    Me send gifts???? I'm safe on that one.
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    the fee used to be about £70.
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    Surprised they delivered it first and then asked for the duty and VAT, usually they want that up front before delivery.

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    Because companies like this deliver first and then try to bill you later, I've been known to pay the duty only (via bank transfer to account details they supply) and their additional admin fee (sometimes more than the duty) somehow slips my tiny little mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanT View Post
    Because companies like this deliver first and then try to bill you later, I've been known to pay the duty only (via bank transfer to account details they supply) and their additional admin fee (sometimes more than the duty) somehow slips my tiny little mind...
    Do they ever re-request it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    Do they ever re-request it?
    Well yeah, but not via any legitimate process I recognise that would ever end up in court.

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