Richdog, on the package they sent please could you tell me what it had on the sticker for the TARIC code, or description of the contents? Thanks
After a lot of reading up about all this imort stuff into the UK, I think I have finally got my head around it all.
You can be charged 3 different taxes when importing:
* customs duty
* excise duty
* import VAT
- Charged as a percentage of the value. The percentage varies depending on the type of goods and their country of origin. Duty is charged on the price paid for the goods including any local sales taxes plus postage, packing and insurance costs. However, postage is excluded from the calculation for duty on gifts sent by post except for Express Mail Service (EMS).
Note: Customs duty will be waived if the amount is less than Â£7.
- Charged on alcohol and tobacco products, so not relevant for computer equipment
Value Added Tax (VAT)
- Import VAT is charged at the same rate that applies to similar goods sold in the UK (17.5%). The value of the goods for import VAT is based on the value for customs duty plus any import duties charged.
However, Import VAT is not payable on commercial consignments (eg goods purchased over the internet) with an intrinsic value not exceeding Â£18
Here are some tables showing the amount of customs duty and TARIC codes for different types of goods:
Common Internet Goods:
http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPort ... ROD_009989
http://www.uktradeinfo.com/Codes/classg ... 202007.pdf
Calculator to work out customs duty from TARIC code:
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dd ... ap?Lang=EN
Under the computer goods list, I could not find any section referring to computer fans or anything like that. However, the majority of the pc equipment had 0% customs duty, so hoping fans will be 0%
As my order will exceed Â£18, I am guessing that I will only have to pay import vat of 17.5% of the value.
EDIT: Found the correct taric code for computer fans is 8414592090 ("axial fan") which has a customs duty of 2.30% so as the customs duty for a Â£50 purchase is less than the Â£7, they shouldnt charge it...
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