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CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

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CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby pmsbull » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:14 pm

Seen lots of people talk about being shafted for customs charges , heres how not to get screwed...

Get the seller to describe your parcel as a “collectable item” or if appropriate a “work of art” or “antique”.

Legally this attracts a FIVE % VAT rating instead of the full 20%

If you have been shafted, go onto royal fail website and find their downloadable form
and claim back that tax rape.

Just be sure to declare full value because if your 12 back gets damaged and you declare
It’s value at a tenna, a tenna is what you get.

You could aslo quote customs code number
Customs Import Code 9705000090

I have claimed back SUBSTANTIAL amounts.
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby Cazza » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:31 pm

Thanks for the advice mate ;)
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby pmsbull » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:23 pm

Cazza wrote:Thanks for the advice mate ;)


You are very welcome bro
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby TWOFOOT » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:50 pm

That's awesome advice. I had no idea. Cheers. :)
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby coomber75 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:26 pm

Great call, never knew this

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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby Richard_H » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:34 pm

I would change this slightly to:

Customs never take any notice of codes or anything written on there. Download the form and claim it back but they keep the £8 handling fee. Last year I posted on here that they were looking at getting rid of it due to misuse.
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby pmsbull » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:20 am

Richard_H wrote:I would change this slightly to:

Customs never take any notice of codes or anything written on there. Download the form and claim it back but they keep the £8 handling fee. Last year I posted on here that they were looking at getting rid of it due to misuse.


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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby spoons » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:07 am

I normally have to claim back too, as they ignore anything written on the customs label.

Reckon I have a 90% success rate. One over officious HMRC employee told me that the code only applied to car parts - as I said in the other thread, they make it up as they go along
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby yoda » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:11 am

Obviously I'm thinking this only applies to second hand items?
I had to pay £156 on customs charges last week. It was all new items hobby /sports use in the package that i bought from the States. They were items from a shop/store ordered online and for personal use. All was listed on the label outside the package. Am I able to claim anything back or entitled to any refund?
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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby spoons » Wed May 02, 2018 4:07 pm

yoda wrote:Obviously I'm thinking this only applies to second hand items?
I had to pay £156 on customs charges last week. It was all new items hobby /sports use in the package that i bought from the States. They were items from a shop/store ordered online and for personal use. All was listed on the label outside the package. Am I able to claim anything back or entitled to any refund?


If its new then unfortunatley you'll have to pay full amount

I got stung this week so I'm off to download the form and make my claim - fingers crossed

Form BOR286

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Re: CUSTOMS - legally avoid being screwed

Postby spoons » Wed May 02, 2018 4:16 pm

From Frank's original post

If importing SW toys & they confirm to the below criteria they will qualify for the 5% import tax bracket -

Must be -

30 years old
In original packaging
& no longer in production
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