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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:50 pm    Post subject: I hate Royal Mail!!! @~*&$! Reply with quote

It's Dad's birthday tomorrow.

I had a small gift sent from the USA, which was under the VAT chargeable value for commercial goods, let alone a gift

In their wisdom/incompetence they have used some strange exchange rate that puts it 32p! over the allowance - that is is a difference of about 25p on using standard banks rates and then charged 7.43 to collect 3.57 of VAT!

RIP OFF UK strikes again. Evil or Very Mad

Thanks for spoiling a gift Royal Mail.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got to be careful at the moment, I've been told they are opening all imported mail to check vat status, the minimum charge on checking means everything falls foul of vat! Part of the austerity measures Wink

Don't know if its true, just what I've been told, so stick to UK items on ebay.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope. HMRC clearly state:

* Commercial consignments of 18 or less are free from customs duty and import VAT. For example, goods purchased over the internet with an intrinsic value not exceeding 18, will not be charged any duty or VAT but this does not include alcohol, tobacco products, perfume or toilet waters. See paragraph 2.5, 2.6 and section 3.
* If you are sent a gift with a value of 40 or less, and which complies with the rules shown in paragraph 2.4, it will be free from customs duty and import VAT, but this does not include alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and toilet waters.
* Customs duty becomes payable if the value of the goods is over 135 but duty is waived if the amount of duty calculated is less than 9.


It is just a money making scam from Royal Mail, I now have to go through the hassle of getting back money that they were not allowed to take. Fraud or theft maybe?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I WILL get my (well OK not mine but the recipients!) money back, this is not the first time Royal Mail have done this to me.

Likewise DHL (I think) did the same a couple of years back. Got as far as submitting county court claim against them - supported by a letter from HMRC stating that the duty was not payable - they paid plus interest and costs.

I am sure that they work on the basis that most people will not fight it or don't know the regulations and therefore they make a lot of out of fraudulent charges. I would be interested in seeing the amount of tax/VAT 'collected' compared to the amount that they pay HMRC. Maybe a FOI letter is required...

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