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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:44 pm 
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It's true, If he sends it insured then he can only claim back the insured value should it go missing and who wants to loose a an item just to get a quarter back?

I do wonder though what it is you bought to have a 500 pound fee?


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Thats true but the seller has agreed to send it as gift so that fee isnt incurred.


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KDM wrote:
It's true, If he sends it insured then he can only claim back the insured value should it go missing and who wants to loose a an item just to get a quarter back?

I do wonder though what it is you bought to have a 500 pound fee?


I discussed this with the seller and i was prepared to take the risk if it got lost, sellers have done this for me so many times and i have never had any issues.


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I cant swear to it but I had a letter from Fedex well after receiving something asking for around £50. This was at least two years ago...

I don't know but something didn't look right about it... the quality of the printing on the letter was poor and almost looked like a photocopy...

Anyway, I ignored it and heard nothing further...

Could it have been some sort of scam run by someone with access to Fedex's data?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:36 pm 
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That sounds way too much for an item costing £1300, i would have thought £250 at the most. Plus the £8 for the pre-payment :evil:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:43 pm 
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Vat and duty, probably not far off, it varies depending on goods type also.

It sucks big time but you always have to consider it a risk, win sometimes loose others, although I think the 'keep you head down' tactic has to be worth a go! As far as I could tell Fed-Ex have paid it for you, so you won't have HMRC chasing you.

I've had many a seller brick it and fill the form in honestly despite agreeing to mark otherwise. Ain't really their fault...


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Think i'm going to turn a blind eye to this and forget about it :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:29 pm 
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aye let them sweat it, bit late locking the gate once the horse has bolted!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:35 pm 
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if you didn't sign for the letter just ignore it.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:00 pm 
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15% duty for bikes, 20% VAT all charged on the total of the goods and the delivery charge then add on the handling fee which is sometimes a fixed charge but can also be a %. It's amazing how quickly it all adds up....

Always make sure they mark up as gift or as 'bike parts' as the attract a much lower duty rate-4% and never import a bike from China as they have a duty rate of nearly 50%!

I took a guess at some of the charges but the break down is as follows on a pricey bike with pricey shipping (as it all seems to be now):

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From where to where you import
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Importing from: United States
Importing to: United Kingdom
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The type of product, its value and where it was manufactured
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Product description: Bike
Product category: Bicycle with both wheels size 55 cm to 63.5 cm  (8712007090)
Product value: US$2000.00
Country of manufacture: United States
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The cost of shipping and insurance of importing
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Shipping costs: US$500.00
Insurance costs: US$100.00
Calculation results
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Total customs value: £1658.76
- Duty: £248.81
- VAT: £381.52
Total import duty & taxes due: £630.33
Total landed cost: £2289.10 at USD/GBP exchange rate of 0.638


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