From: Steve on
I've ordered a few times from HK and never had Customs look at the
parcel - this time they have and are adding charges :(

Does anyone know if all future parcels addressed to me will be
checked, or is it just that they choose a parcel at random to check?

Thanks.
From: Kevin F Stubbs on
> Does anyone know if all future parcels addressed to me will be
> checked, or is it just that they choose a parcel at random to check?

It's always a gamble as to whether Customs will decide to make you pay
the VAT due on packages that come into the UK. Low value items will
normally breeze through, think less than �20, especially if they are
small and lightweight. Anything else, I always assume that I will have
to pay VAT plus an extortionate handling charge by the carrier. As a
result, I very rarely buy from abroad these days as it can work out to
the more expensive option.

The ever increasing checks carried out to prevent terrorism mean that
just about every package that comes through the system will be
scrutinised instead of just being given a cursory glance...so blame
George W. Bush and Tony Blair :-)

Cheers

Kevin
From: pcb1962 on
On 7 Apr, 12:14, Kevin F Stubbs <kevin_f.stu...(a)virgin.net> wrote:

> to pay VAT plus an extortionate handling charge by the carrier.

I just paid £14.12 on a package of electronic components from the US,
£6.12 VAT that I'm quite happy about, plus £8 Post Office handling
charge, that I'm not.
From: News on
In message <qjlor596fq0td0fpjncv2796q4spo5k79d(a)4ax.com>, Steve
<spamtrap(a)zen.co.uk> writes
>
>Does anyone know if all future parcels addressed to me will be
>checked, or is it just that they choose a parcel at random to check?

My experience, both as a sub postmaster, and regular buyer of stuff from
abroad, is that it is a lottery, IF the goods are carried at this end by
Royal Mail or Parcelforce.

Goods carried by private couriers at the UK end are *always* caught and
charged. Goods carried by Parcelforce at the UK end are sometimes or
perhaps usually charged, and goods carried by Royal Mail at the UK end
are far less likely to be charged. Just my experience.

Oh, and the handling fee, if charged by RM or PF is charged BY RM or PF,
NOT the Post Office.
--
Geep
From: MC on
pcb1962 wrote:

> On 7 Apr, 12:14, Kevin F Stubbs <kevin_f.stu...(a)virgin.net> wrote:
>
> > to pay VAT plus an extortionate handling charge by the carrier.
>
> I just paid �14.12 on a package of electronic components from the US,
> �6.12 VAT that I'm quite happy about, plus �8 Post Office handling
> charge, that I'm not.

You should not have been charged for anything worth less than �18. See
point 2.3
http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&id=HMCE_CL_000014

MC