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Customs Charges

Postby Leemcl » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:26 pm

Hi Guys

I purchased a MoC ( as pictured ) for £172 + shipping

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I have just received a customs charge on it of £18.97 ( £8 of which seems to be a Royal Mail handling fee )


Two questions -

How is a second hand toy attracting such a cost

How do I appeal the cost or is there even a way to do that ?
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby spoons » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:43 pm

There’s a form to download and send off - a bit hit and miss but 90% success rate. What annoys me is the randomness of the charge.

You should have been charged 20% by their rules - they just make it up as they go along, and you can’t claim the parcelforce holding fees back

As you have only been charged around 5% I would leave it as you may get charged more, but for future reference here’s a good link

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Lindo » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:18 pm

They class it as collectable that's why they charge I believe, the price for the that moc seems high, is it a variant that I'm missing?
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Leemcl » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:28 pm

I paid the premium as it’s the Canadian Cardback

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I had one before that I sold for £100 but was a no pop and as this figure is a bit of a focus of mine I went for it, paying a bit of a premium - shipping and now this charge makes me feel it’s less of a “bargain”

I am tempted to just let them send it back.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Lindo » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:14 pm

I see, import charges are a joke
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Leemcl » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:00 pm

Something has occurred to me - what actually happens with a customs check - do they open the box. Open the packaging and have a check ? If they do how do I know they won’t duck about with something that’s 40 years old and damage it - i’ll Pay the fee and have zero comeback.

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby spoons » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:13 pm

I’ve got a MOC that was damaged during a customs check. Only a bit of litho but to get compensation you need to hand over your vintage goodness never to be seen again.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Snaketibe » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:51 pm

Years ago, Jim Stevenson told me a sorry tale about a very rare and valuable mint vintage box he was sent from America. I can't remember exactly what he said it was, but apparently it came flat packed and you assembled it yourself (and btw, if anyone can work out what it might be, I'd love to know!). For some reason, rather than sending it flat and unassembled, the seller decided to assemble it and then sent it as an empty box inside a larger mailing box. Her Majesty's Customs then got their sausage-fingered mitts on it and opened the outer box, saw another box inside, and then ripped that one open too to find nothing inside. It never even occurred to them (or if it did, they didn't give a shit) that the box itself might be the contents and be valuable. So when Jim finally received his previously mint box, it was badly torn :evil:

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Mini99 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:55 pm

I’m afraid that those changes seem about right, if you want the item then I would suggest that you just pay up.
One reason I don’t buy from the US, dread to think what’s going to happen when we leave Europe, heaven help us buying from there after that!

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Leemcl » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:13 am

Mini99 wrote:I’m afraid that those changes seem about right, if you want the item then I would suggest that you just pay up.
One reason I don’t buy from the US, dread to think what’s going to happen when we leave Europe, heaven help us buying from there after that!


That’s a very good point. I bet we get fucked up the pipe on that big time come next year. Still I will take some comfort in the fact that my additional tax money will be well spent by that Crow May and her gang of absolute cretins.

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby stormcab » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:52 am

A MOC I just got from the US arrived with a £15.50 customs charge. The seller had put the value at $30 (it was worth several times more). So the customs charge was almost as much as the item was declared for. Piss-take.

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby yoda » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:23 am

Interesting thread I have just ordered a few items from the States value $600 Inc shipping . It is now sitting in Customs at the moment unopened (from what I'm told). I had to contact them on Friday to confirm what the contents were. Now I'm told it's released and should be delivered Monday. I am now bracing myself for the extra costs.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby indianawars » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:36 am

I paid £60 for a £300 item last week. It didn't bother me as I was expecting it... but what really pissed me off was that they delivered to the wrong No. 26. Luckily I managed to work out that it was the street next to ours that had it delivered to. ParcelForce were extremely useless when I called them up earlier that day to ask who the hell had my parcel!

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Re: Customs Charges

Postby subzero » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:48 am

Iv'e just paid £20.50 for a MOC that cost me £77 because the seller decided at the last minute not to send it as a gift like they said they would, because and I quote "I found out it's illegal to send it as a gift"...... :| gotta watch out for that SWAT team smashing into your house because of your 'gift' package I suppose lol.

And to top it off when I examined the bubble I found a split in it which the seller told me they actually knew about but couldn't be arsed to describe in the listing. :( :( :(
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby Scarifpacific » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 am

If you ever go into Royal Mail to pick anything up, there’s a good Custom Charges leaflet they produce explaining how the charges are broken down and the different costs from Europe, USA etc.
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