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i want to purchase a few items from associatedparthouse.com and it amounts to $33 approximatly, which is really good price. but will customs tax me or charge me for them? has anyone else bought something from APH.com? did you get charged? what do oyu normally get charged for?. its just i dont want to be paying like half price which is basically what they are in america, and then be charged when they get to the u.k making me have paid more money in the long run.
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If it comes in an envelope you usually miss customs

If it comes in a box ie a car etc then they usually nail you, it is still cheaper though
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well its some tyres,springs,screws,washers etc really i think the biggest thing im getting is tyres
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listen u wont pay import duty, get it listed as scale model parts none import taxable, and will only pay vat 17.5% in uk dos so 33 dollars 16 quid time 17.5%
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Go here for full details:-

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...yType=document
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I got a box of B4 bits from the US, It was RCBoyz.

It came in 1 week, and I got no charge for it.
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$33 dollars right now is 16.62.

VAT and duty are only due on goods over 18, so in this instance you should not have to pay anything at all.

Bear in mind though that the customs value is calculated INCLUDING shipping. So, if the shipping cost an extra $10 on top of the $33, then you will go over the 18 limit.

The VAT will be next to nothing on that - but what will kill you is the customs clearance fee of between 8 and 13.50. Your $33 of parts could easily end up costing you 35, not 16, probably a lot more than buying in the UK, but without the backup.
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If it comes in an envelope you usually miss customs

If it comes in a box ie a car etc then they usually nail you, it is still cheaper though
Nonsense !


Simple, if its declared over GBP18 you pay, if its under you dont !
Yes it is possible for a more expensive item to "Slip through", but its rare, after all royal mail make between 8 and 13 for every parcel they collect a charge on, so they have a vested interest in taxing wherever possible
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Simple, if its declared over GBP18 you pay, if its under you dont !
Yes it is possible for a more expensive item to "Slip through", but its rare, after all royal mail make between 8 and 13 for every parcel they collect a charge on, so they have a vested interest in taxing wherever possible
ahhh.

isn't that charge going up too? They told me last time I had to got heckmondwike for my parcel.
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lee is very correct,

if package comes via royal mail postman type delivery you have a 80% - 90% chance it will come through no problem, parcel force seem to be the only one's who impose charge's on almost everything.
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I picked up a nokak brushless yesterday from the Leeds depot, i had a nice 25.08 charge waiting for me. 13 release fee and the rest as VAT.

I asked for a breakdown of what they did for 13 and they couldnt tell me. so i asked to see a manager and he couldnt tell me.
I equated it to bank charges in the fact any charge has to be itemised to validate it . Sent them a letter today giving them 14 days to prove the 13 is valid or i will be making a claim.

I would sugest to anyone to do the same as all they have to do is sign a bit of paper to accept it. Not worth 13!!!!
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I picked up a nokak brushless yesterday from the Leeds depot, i had a nice 25.08 charge waiting for me. 13 release fee and the rest as VAT.

I asked for a breakdown of what they did for 13 and they couldnt tell me. so i asked to see a manager and he couldnt tell me.
I equated it to bank charges in the fact any charge has to be itemised to validate it . Sent them a letter today giving them 14 days to prove the 13 is valid or i will be making a claim.

I would sugest to anyone to do the same as all they have to do is sign a bit of paper to accept it. Not worth 13!!!!
I asked this once.

I think the guy worked as like a free lance delivery dude for UPS.

They wanted 50 for a replacement part that was free.

He said that they open the box, and re-seal it.

thats it.

Also, he was that good, he actually opened it up, let me replace the new part with the broken part, then sent it back, as I had refused it.

What a guy.
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Simple, if its declared over GBP18 you pay, if its under you dont !
Yes it is possible for a more expensive item to "Slip through", but its rare, after all royal mail make between 8 and 13 for every parcel they collect a charge on, so they have a vested interest in taxing wherever possible
if you know how to get it shipped you can avoid all charges , i have so far a 100% free record
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Import charges are only due on items with a value of the equivalent to 36 (around $70) and excluding postage or more. This is the value at which items can be gifted so generally there is no charge on anything up to that value.

Above that amount you are liable for VAT on the excess and more than likely a handling charge from your local post office. These are paid when you visit your collection office to pick up your parcel.

I generally order between $50 and $60 of stuff at a time from the US (at the shop mentioned) and have never had a problem with customs or the postman.

The bit the shops won't like is that even if you do get caught for import duty and a handling charge the items will still work out cheaper than you can buy them in the UK
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charge's are due on good above 18 not 36 jon
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if you know how to get it shipped you can avoid all charges , i have so far a 100% free record
Thats also illegal, and can land you and the person doing the shipping a hefty fine or imprisonment
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Thats also illegal, and can land you and the person doing the shipping a hefty fine or imprisonment
can't get you into trouble only the person who send the package. there's no way they can do anything to you when you had nothing to do with the customs form labelling!
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Thats also illegal, and can land you and the person doing the shipping a hefty fine or imprisonment
its only illegal if
1/ they catch you
2/ they can prove its not a warranty return item

speeding is ilegal, so is drinking under age but everyone has done it! and how many buy good on a holiday over the limit and dont declair it?


sorry but i pay enough taxes 25% on wages, 17.5% on most stuff i buy, road tax, fuel tax, council tax, think its only fair i get a bit back
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