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If I buy something from the US, how much import tax will I have to pay?

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NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 15:28:15

I'm looking at getting some toys from the Disney site in the US.
Obviously its alot cheaper but if I get stung for import tax, it may not work out as cheap.

Has anyone got an idea, roughly how much I would pay?
Does it depend on how much you spend in total or is it how much the items are worth?

TIA smile

SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 15:44:11

It depends exactly what it is because there are different classifications for toys.

The Customs rate is 0-4.75% and VAT is 17.5%

You'd have to pay shipping on the goods from the US, and taht is also taxed.

The exchange rate is very wobbly at the moment.

SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 15:45:29

So, you could probably use a figure of 20% to the British government, even if you don't know the individual tax rates.

haggisaggis Tue 28-Oct-08 15:45:57

Duty is calculated at a percentage rate (depending on classification of the goods) of the value of the goods, plus shipping, plus VAT.

NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 15:48:36

Well the shipping costs are $34 so roughly £17.
So would that mean I would pay 0-4.75% on the total cost which is $50 or just the amount that I am buying which is only $15?

<wonders if its actually worth it> hmm

SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 15:50:59

The exchange rate is $1.50 now, not $2.

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Tue 28-Oct-08 15:52:20

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SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 15:52:33

If it is $50 shipped, the duty and VAT would be about £10.

$50 = £33, so total cost would be £43

NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 15:56:52


Not sure its worth it then, especially if the dollar isnt as good anymore.

I shall think.
Thank you very much for scrambling it for me grin

SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 16:00:14

What is it that you want to buy?

NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 16:02:16

Theres a nightie, a lunch bag and a little disney princess remote control toy.
Nothing hugely expensive or big.

I just remembered the site and thought I would look for some bargains. The bits I chose, you can't get over here.

SqueakyPop Tue 28-Oct-08 16:05:05

You may not have to pay VAT on the children's clothes, but that would mean having the shipper pack it separately.

NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 16:09:47

Oh naff it. I won't bother.
Its not like these are much wanted things.

Thank you smile

stealthsquiggle Tue 28-Oct-08 16:12:33

It's not only the customs/VAT - most shippers will also charge you a handling fee for clearing it through customs for you - another ~£10 - so what with exchange rate and all it's almost certainly not worth it.

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Tue 28-Oct-08 16:39:03

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NBheebieGeebies Tue 28-Oct-08 17:28:05

Sadly I don't know anyone in the US.
Wish I did!

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