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Title: Import taxes
Post by: a101960 on 17.10. 2014 12:31
Has anyone ever bought anything from US ebay? I ask this question because, having never seen one advertised for sale in the UK, I bid for and won a Goldstar 8" single sided finned front brake hub. The price was a very reasonable $55. The cost of shipping at $66 (surprise, surprise!) turned out to be more than the purchase price of the brake hub. Does anyone know how much the import costs are likely to be? I am assuming that because the total sum ( purchase price + shipping) is under £135 that I will only be liable for VAT. Am I correct in my thinking?
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: de Viking on 17.10. 2014 15:31
I bought many times something for my CX on E bay USA, but the shipping cost are (to) high.
In Holland we pay also BTW (VAT) and import costs.
I stopped buying in the USA, only on EBay GB and but the shipping cost from England to Holland are also high, but now import and VAT
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: muskrat on 17.10. 2014 21:01
I think the only ones making money these days are the transport company's. I think we (Australia) has the most expensive. One part cost $60 to come from the US, I had to return it at a cost of $110 *eek*.
Down here if the item/s are under $1000 there is no import or gst (vat).
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: chaterlea25 on 17.10. 2014 21:28
Hi A10,
I have bought a few of these hubs from USA,
If you can get it sent by US post then usually it arrives to your doorstep without charges
I have found that any of the well known couriers will add Duties to the total  *razz*
The best trick is to have it posted to someone you know in USA and then forwarded as a personal gift  *bright idea*

Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: kiwipom on 17.10. 2014 21:33
hi guys, yes the same down here. I wanted to but an item from the States listed at $245 us. shipping was going to be $126 us. so no go. Musky, we had the same as you items of $1000 or less came straight to the door but that has been cut to $400 after retailers complaining that they could not compete with internet sales! cheers
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: muskrat on 17.10. 2014 23:23
Yes kiwipom, their talking the same here.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: Brian on 17.10. 2014 23:50
Unfortunately its almost to the point that buying anything overseas that is larger than a book is just not viable. Postage costs have gone mad.

This also applies to the seller as well. I recently sold a pair of plunger units on e-bay, they weighed 6.6kg and were in a box 32x24x11cm. I had a enquiry from a guy in the USA and the cheapest way to send them was still going to cost $160. The thing is e-bay charge the seller their commission on the total amount, not just the price of the item so as a seller it would have cost me an extra $16 to sell them to the States. They sold to a buyer here in Aus so it worked out ok.

E-bay's commission is 10% of the total including post or any other charges and Paypal a further 2.5%.

So as an example if you sold something heavy for say $100 but it cost $200 to post it to another country then as a seller you have to pay e-bay $30 in commission and another 2.5% ($7.50) to Paypal. So at the end of the day you end up paying $37.50 out of your $100.

All this makes it hard for both buyer and seller and puts a lot of items out of reach.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: muskrat on 18.10. 2014 08:25
Yep, just about everything I look at is more to post than the item. A65 barrels $125, post from Seattle US $160.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: Topdad on 18.10. 2014 09:41
I like Johns idea, in the Uk ,could we adopt one of our USA cousins? that way " uncle Richard " for instance could save us a lot of cash which we can repay in beer ,hospitality when we entice him over here to get some par...erm  *whistle*take the wife on a vacation !!*smile*just a thought ,Bob
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: morris on 18.10. 2014 22:43
Best is to give a call to customs before buying something from outside of your tax zone.
A while ago I ordered 2 T-shirts in Australia for a value of €37 postage included. I ended up paying €25 import duty on top of that *contract*
How much does that count for a rip-off...? *problem*
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: Butch (cb) on 20.10. 2014 12:07
I've 'enjoyed' a mixed bag of fortune on import duties - there seems to be a random factor involved. I always ask the vendor to mark the packaging as 'used' motorcycle parts or some such.

Downside I've found on being stung on smaller items at least is not the duty which can be a paltry couple of quid, it's the £8 handling charge you get stiffed for before they'll hand it over at the sorting office.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: unclerob on 20.11. 2014 17:42
This thread just caught my eye because I'm planning to buy some new car parts from Australia and have been trying to find out what the actual rate is....does anyone know?
Have been hunting about on google and so far best idea I've got is between 5 and Vat!!!
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: Bikergrandad on 20.11. 2014 18:48
Hi to all.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: Bikergrandad on 20.11. 2014 18:59
Hi to all. I bought something from America cost £60.00  + p+p £19.00 size 8" x 4".
              Paid on 8thOct  check the tracker 17 drops got it on the 29th Oct.
               Should be 3 -5 days. Do they answer the e-mails  NO.  Bob.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: WozzA on 20.11. 2014 21:15
The best postal service I've ever had any experience with was U.S.P.S.
I purchased a set of floating disc brake rotors from California USA on a Tuesday night,
Express Air to Australia $17.50 ...  they were at my door Friday ...  *yeah*  USPS

But there have been HORROR stories as well...  *rant* 
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: muskrat on 21.11. 2014 08:44
I got a part from the US and was given 3 options for postage. Op 1 $35 = 14 days, Op 2 $50 = 12 days, Op 3 $80 = 10 days. I chose Op 2 and it took 15 days  *conf*
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: beezermacc on 21.11. 2014 08:47
Last time  bought anything from abroad I got charged VAT plus Parcelforce's admin charge (about £10)  for collecting the money. Whether you get hit with the VAT  seems random. You can bet anything big and expensive is going to get VAT slapped on it. I have bought quite a few things and not got charged, but more recently most items seem to be getting hit.
Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: a101960 on 21.11. 2014 15:19
I recently bid for, and won a Goldie front brake hub on US eBay. I bought the hub for a very reasonable $50 (about £30) and shipping added another $ 60 to the cost. I was then charged about £16 VAT plus an £8 admin fee by Parcel Force for collecting the VAT! Import duty in the UK is levied if the value exceeds £135. Where the total cost exceeds £135 the import tax liability would be based on the cost of the item, plus the cost of shipping, plus import duty. VAT would be would then add a further 20% to the over all cost, and of course your carriers tax collection admin fee. This applies to all items imported to the UK from countries outside of the EU. Transactions between countries within the EU would not be liable for these charges. This raises some interesting taxation anomalies. The cost of post in the UK is supposed to be zero rated, this all changes however, when purchasing things by mail. When postal costs (P&P) are added to the bill it then becomes taxable. What I wonder is the logic of that? I can see the logic of adding VAT to private courier shipping charges because that is not strictly speaking "post". I have often wondered too about why we have to pay a tax on a tax. The most obvious example being petrol. Cost of the petrol, plus fuel duty, plus VAT.  Its a hard life isn't it?

Title: Re: Import taxes
Post by: unclerob on 21.11. 2014 16:35
Thanks John....and yes it is, paying Vat on a tax really grates!! The bits I'm buying are quite expensive (over £3000) and even though I still haven't been able to find out what the actual rate of import duty is I'm beginning to think it might be cheaper to fly over there and bring them back in my suitcase!!!!