From: Nick on
Anyone know if this is a fixed rate or tariff based?
I realise I will have to pay VAT at the current rate.
A fairly high ticket scientific instrument, probably around USD$10K

Thanks,
Nick.


From: Peter Crosland on
"Nick" <nick.swanston(a)NOSPAMgmail.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone know if this is a fixed rate or tariff based?
> I realise I will have to pay VAT at the current rate.
> A fairly high ticket scientific instrument, probably around USD$10K


You need to find out the exact customs tariff number to be sure. If there is
duty then VAT is added on top of that as well as on the carriage costs. For
example if nthe goods cost �10,000 and the duty was 6% with carriage of �250
then the total cost would be �12,748.75. You would also have to pay a
customs agent to clear the item through customs.


Peter Crosland


From: Peter Parry on
On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:41:50 -0000, "Nick"
<nick.swanston(a)NOSPAMgmail.com> wrote:

>Anyone know if this is a fixed rate or tariff based?

It is tariff based.

>I realise I will have to pay VAT at the current rate.
>A fairly high ticket scientific instrument, probably around USD$10K

The procedure depends upon whether it is for business or private use.
If for private use and over �2,000 in value then depending on whether
you are using postal services or a carrier different procedures apply.
See HMRC Reference:Notice 702 (October 2006)

<http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_PublicNoticesAndInfoSheets&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_CL_000199#P64_7311>

S4.3, 6.1, 6.2


<http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_CL_001192>

is a simpler version.

To work out the import duty go to

<http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/tariff?r.l1=1078549103&r.l2=1078549168&furlname=tariff&furlparam=tariff&ref=http%3A//customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal%3F_nfpb%3Dtrue%26_pageLabel%3DpageLibrary_PublicNoticesAndInfoSheets%26propertyType%3Ddocument%26columns%3D1%26id%3DHMCE_CL_000269&domain=www.businesslink.gov.uk>

and use the search box at the bottom to start navigating your way
through the labyrinth. Duty will probably be somewhere between 0 and
5%.

Usually the shipping service will handle most of this for you but it
does pay to make sure they use the correct tariff code if similar
items have varying import duty.

In a few cases if you are an establishment mainly involved in
education or scientific research you can import scientific instruments
free of duty and VAT, see

<http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000069&propertyType=document#P29_1764>



From: Rob Morley on
On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:41:50 -0000
"Nick" <nick.swanston(a)NOSPAMgmail.com> wrote:

> Anyone know if this is a fixed rate or tariff based?
> I realise I will have to pay VAT at the current rate.
> A fairly high ticket scientific instrument, probably around USD$10K
>

You might find the precise classification in The Tariff

http://online.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/tariffFilter?r.s=a&export=false&r.lc=en

If that's too painful call HMRC Tariff Classification Service Enquiry
Line 01702 366 077

From: Chris Lapthorn on

"Peter Crosland" <g6jns(a)yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
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> "Nick" <nick.swanston(a)NOSPAMgmail.com> wrote in message
> news:7ug513F83fU1(a)mid.individual.net...
>> Anyone know if this is a fixed rate or tariff based?
>> I realise I will have to pay VAT at the current rate.
>> A fairly high ticket scientific instrument, probably around USD$10K
>
>
> You need to find out the exact customs tariff number to be sure. If there
> is duty then VAT is added on top of that as well as on the carriage costs.
> For example if nthe goods cost �10,000 and the duty was 6% with carriage
> of �250 then the total cost would be �12,748.75. You would also have to
> pay a customs agent to clear the item through customs.
>
>
> Peter Crosland
If you can get the tarriff number from the supplier it's easy to find out
the import duty rate by either calling HM Revenue & Customs (Google for
HMRC) or look it up yourself via the Business Link website (International
Trade -> The UK Trade Tariff -> Explore by Import). If you know exactly what
you are importing you may be able to work out the rate of duty without the
tariff number but if you get it wrong the duty may be different to what you
expect.

The VAT is the killer if you are a private individual.

Chris