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HELP! importing from usa to uk!!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by eupharies, Jan 10, 2012.


  1. eupharies

    eupharies

    Jul 3, 2007
    Leeds UK
    Bassist - Chasing Dragons
    Hello, im having a bass shipped hear, value is $1600 + shipping...

    Custom charges im looking at $400!!!!!!! hell no!

    I was wondering could i for instance say the item is only worth $500, and get it insured for say the price.... and in effect i would only get charged the VAT on the $500

    Or

    If i say the item is worth $500, it could only be insured for $500

    I might be talking crap, i dont really understand how it works lol

    An advice will be much appreciated!!
     
  2. bassophil

    bassophil

    Jan 17, 2009
    I bought a bass for $1400 + $100(shipping) in the USA and imported it to Germany. The customs wanted to me to bring a recipe of the payment when picking it up. I also had to bring about 300€ for 19%VAT + 3.75% custom fees.
    The recipe, in my case, was a copy of the paypal payment, as I bought via ebay. I don't know if UK customs act similar, but if so you would have to ask the seller if you can split your payment in 2 parts, one for the customs and one adding the rest. This way you would have a recipe showing a lower price.


    EDIT: I forgot: the 19% + 3.75% were taken from the actual price incl.(!) shipping costs.. :(

    EDIT2: forgot something else: If the seller is willing to accept split payment tell him to not put a recipe with the full price into the package in which the bass is shipped ;) At least I had to open the package because the customs wanted to check its contents.
     
  3. eupharies

    eupharies

    Jul 3, 2007
    Leeds UK
    Bassist - Chasing Dragons
    ok cool cheers man, sounds good to me!
     
  4. Clammy

    Clammy

    Nov 3, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Endorsing Artist: Neal Moser Guitars, DR Strings
    I love Europe, but MAN, you guys get RAPED on taxes... and this is coming from a Canadian!!! :(

    Cheers!
    :bassist::bassist::bassist:
     
  5. bassophil

    bassophil

    Jan 17, 2009
    That's true, but I'd still pay the taxes if you ever need to sell your USA Ironbird :p

    Keep up the good work with Exciter!:bassist:
     
  6. Clammy

    Clammy

    Nov 3, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Endorsing Artist: Neal Moser Guitars, DR Strings
    Thanks!

    The 'Bird's staying with me for the forseeable future. ;)

    Cheers!
    :bassist::bassist::bassist:
     
  7. foq1978

    foq1978

    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
    Ha! You think that's too much taxation?
    In my country, I would have to pay:
    $1600 + $100 = $1700 + 60% (that's right, over instrument and shipping) =
    $ 2720.
     

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