(Closed) Anyone know anything about int'l shipping duty & VAT for a dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@dazydeadpetals:  Yup I think she’d pay 144.95 extra ontop of what she’s paying you for the dress. that sounds about right aswell.

Post # 5
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4049 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

It’s really ridiculous. My SO, who lives in the UK, ordered an engagement ring from the US, but we are having it shipped to me in the US in order to avoid VAT and other taxes. I think it ended up being nearly 30% of the ring cost itself, and it seemed ridiculous to pay that.

Use this to help:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/tax-and-duty.htm

ETA: “…[customs] duty only applies on goods above £270 or £390 (whichever is appropriate) in value. Over this allowance and up to £630 there is a duty flat rate of 2.5 per cent. For goods over £630, the duty/duties rate charged depends on the type of goods.”

“Import VAT is charged as a percentage of the total value of the goods plus any other duties payable. The rate is the same VAT rate that applies to similar goods that are sold in the UK.”

And it seems the VAT rate would be standard, which is 20%.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I know some places do outright fraud and list the cost as a completely different amount and list it as a slightly different item. Some ring sites I saw would list all international orders as being worth $100, even if it was a $1,000+ ring. That gets dicey because I would hate for customs to hold the item for weeks and weeks, which they will do.

Now, with the used item question, I don’t see how that could be disputed. It’s still clothing. How is one to tell if it is used? I think you’d be safe to do that.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

you’ve worn it right? as long as there aren’t any tags on it, i’m pretty sure it counts as used.

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