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bernard towers23/11/2021 09:30:17
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I want to buy parts for my sherline mill from the USA but have no idea on how much Tax/import duty/VAT will be incurred on a bill of£60. Have looked at GOV. and am even more confused,HELP,

Howi23/11/2021 09:44:34
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does that £60 include postage? If not, any taxes/duties will be paid on the total amount + you have to add the couriers inport handling fee of about £8 to £12.

You will find you are paying a lot more than your original £60.

Ady123/11/2021 09:45:59
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I got something for 200 from Czech and it was 60

So 30 per 100 is about the tax limit, I would budget for 100

The postage costs can be the big shock from the usa, sometimes doubling the price

colin brannigan23/11/2021 10:35:53
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I bought a petrol tank from India for my Ariel Sq 4 and the cost was £207, I was then hit with duty which came to £60 and you have to pay before delivery.

Regards Colin

Peter Cook 623/11/2021 12:24:53
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Have you looked at getting what you want from Mill Hill - the UK agents for Sherline. I have a 1042 (ER Thread) chuck on order from them. Cost from them was about the same as buying direct from the US once the shipping, 5% duty, 20% VAT and the couriers processing fees (£12-18) were added in.

If its a stock item with them, they will also be quicker. My Chuck is not something they carry, but were perfectly happy to order me one for shipment in their next order.

Dave Halford23/11/2021 12:28:48
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It's clear there is no excise duty under £135, but that includes postage. Then they add VAT to that total.

So if the items and postage cost cost less than £135 it's just 20% vat

peak423/11/2021 12:43:59
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Have you checked that your chosen USA dealer ships to the UK?
For items less than £135, I believe that they are required to collect VAT on behalf of the UK, having already registered for an account with HMRC (at their expense), pay the VAT to HMRC, and keep records for 6 years.
You/they could avoid this hassle if you are able to buy the item from them via such as Amazon or Ebay.

Bill

vic newey23/11/2021 14:30:59
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Posted by Dave Halford on 23/11/2021 12:28:48:

It's clear there is no excise duty under £135, but that includes postage. Then they add VAT to that total.

So if the items and postage cost cost less than £135 it's just 20% vat

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If the part is coming via Royal mail then it's plus £8 handling fee

 

Edited By vic newey on 23/11/2021 14:31:33

jann west23/11/2021 18:26:59
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If you get it shipped to a reshipper like shipito.com, you can have it repacked without packaging or invoice, and you can redeclare the nature and value of the item in the newly created export custom form. Perhaps it is used parts, and only £10 in value.

bernard towers26/11/2021 15:41:00
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  I have tried contacting Millhill Supplies via their email request form ,no answer so far (6 days) . So phoned them and the person answering asked which company??? ,anyway promised to phone on mobile as I was out for the day, no call back but when I arrived home there was a missed call on my land line and no call today. I give up.Oh have tried today and no answer.

Edited By bernard towers on 26/11/2021 15:42:10

Mark Rand29/11/2021 21:16:54
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Possibly I shouldn't say this on a public forum, but:-

I ordered £250 worth of lathe toolholders from a small German firm last Wednesday. They shipped them without charging VAT. The carrier (DHL + ParcelForce) didn't charge VAT or a handling fee...

peak429/11/2021 21:30:16
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Posted by Mark Rand on 29/11/2021 21:16:54:

Possibly I shouldn't say this on a public forum, but:-

I ordered £250 worth of lathe toolholders from a small German firm last Wednesday. They shipped them without charging VAT. The carrier (DHL + ParcelForce) didn't charge VAT or a handling fee...

If I've got this right, they were correct not to charge VAT, as the order was greater than £135; assuming they declared the package correctly, it should have been UK customs who dealt with any import duties taxes etc.

Bill

Michael Gilligan29/11/2021 22:00:08
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Perhaps DHL has this year’s contract with Santa angel

MichaelG.

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