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    im looking at buying from hong kong, will there be any import dutys/vat to be paid, the total pice is about £45 inc postage?? iv ordered memory cards etc from hong kong b4 with no problems & with good delivery time. What do you's all think/know

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    It depends on what they put on the package. I have bought loads from Hong Kong and never paid any duty as they normally put either "gift" or "toy" in the contents box.

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    same here dude brought from america too and box marked ''gift'' so no extra charges on top..
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    Your lucky customs and excise usually scrutinise everything from USA and Hong Kong. They have teams of officers which intercept all mail from abroad. They charge VAT on anything with a value of more than $18.00 + £4.00 handling fee for Royal Mail.

    The reason for the fee is Royal Mail actually pay the duty on your behalf and collect it from you if they notice it in the sorting as C&E put it back in the general sorting after they have put the white sticker on with the charge details so it is mixed in with normal mail. If it slips through unnoticed and it gets delivered royal mail pick up the bill as the revenue can not be refunded to R.M.

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    A mate got a bit caught on his 4th delivery of fake handbags but the supplier has 'adjusted' the invoice already to bring down any vat etc so that may be worth a go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickshift View Post
    Your lucky customs and excise usually scrutinise everything from USA and Hong Kong. They have teams of officers which intercept all mail from abroad. They charge VAT on anything with a value of more than $18.00 + £4.00 handling fee for Royal Mail.

    The reason for the fee is Royal Mail actually pay the duty on your behalf and collect it from you if they notice it in the sorting as C&E put it back in the general sorting after they have put the white sticker on with the charge details so it is mixed in with normal mail. If it slips through unnoticed and it gets delivered royal mail pick up the bill as the revenue can not be refunded to R.M.
    last purchase from the u.s was a dewalt drill for £175.00 the same spec tool over here was well over £300.00

    paid £40.00 delivery with ups tracker set up also, so i got a real bargain
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    I bought a £300+ Sigma Lens for £220 from HK. The guy (ebayer) made up a professional looking invoice stating it was a warranty repair for a dutch company. I was quite impressed actually, which for me is saying something!

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