From: Morphix on
Steve wrote:

> On Wed, 07 Apr 2010 10:58:08 +0100, Steve <spamtrap(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:
>
>>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.
>
> Thanks for all the replies - it's via Parcelforce so I guess that I'm
> just unlucky that they checked it this time... So what happens now? Do
> they base the Custom's charges on the amount stated on the Customs
> form on the box, or do they open it and take a guess?
>
> Oh, and they've had this nearly a week now and I'm still waiting for a
> letter from them :(

Items worth more than 18 GBP in value imported from outside the EU
are subject to import taxes.

They may be subject to Import Duty as well as VAT. There are differing rates
of Duty depending on the class of item. Usually the Duty rates are fairly
low 5% or less on many items. This is in addition to VAT at the current
rate, and normally VAT is charged ontop of the Duty and Handling Charge (see
below)

A handling charge of £5-£8 is normally charged by Royal Mail for collecting
any VAT and Duty, not sure about ParcelFarce but I expect they will charge
something similar.

Once the charges are paid the items are normally delivered.

www.ebaywatchdog.org.uk
From: Peter Parry on
On Wed, 07 Apr 2010 10:58:08 +0100, Steve <spamtrap(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:


>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?

Bit late now but if the parcel was sent to you using Express Mail
Service (EMS) rather than Royal Mail (which I suspect it was if it was
Parcelforce) then duty and VAT will be charged automatically by
Parcelforce who are the revenue collectors on behalf of HMCE. The
same happens with the major carriers - they charge automatically off
declared value on the shipping form, it does not depends upon someone
noticing the value and deciding to charge.
From: Fran on

"Peter Parry" <peter(a)wpp.ltd.uk> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 07 Apr 2010 10:58:08 +0100, Steve <spamtrap(a)zen.co.uk> wrote:
>
>
>>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?
>
> Bit late now but if the parcel was sent to you using Express Mail
> Service (EMS) rather than Royal Mail (which I suspect it was if it was
> Parcelforce) then duty and VAT will be charged automatically by
> Parcelforce who are the revenue collectors on behalf of HMCE. The
> same happens with the major carriers - they charge automatically off
> declared value on the shipping form, it does not depends upon someone
> noticing the value and deciding to charge.

Yup. They do get it wrong sometimes, and it's worth checking the
calculations. They back off if you challenge same.