Minor rant…. well… major really…

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I mailed a box of gifts to the UK on 13th December via Priority Mail (5-10 Business Days).  It wasn’t cheap!   I filled in the Customs Declaration etc. etc…. and prayed my sister got it in time.  Well, TODAY she gets a letter from Parcel Force telling her that her package wasn’t delivered because she owes £16 in Duty for it.   Now, in the UK whenever something is imported into the country you have to pay Duty on it.   But, this wasn’t a purchase… this was a gift.

So I check…..

VAT and duty on gifts sent from outside the EU

 

If someone from outside the EU sends you a gift that isn’t alcohol, tobacco, perfume or toilet water, there’s no VAT to pay as long as:

  • its value is no more than £36
  • the sender has filled in the customs declaration properly
  • a private person, not a business, sent it to you or your family
  • it’s for your own or your family’s use
  • it’s a proper gift and not something you’ve bought – you mustn’t have paid for it
  • it’s an occasional gift like a birthday present

You won’t have to pay any duty if the amount of duty due is less than £7. If it’s more than £7 you will need to make a payment direct to the carrier.

The sender can’t pre-pay any VAT and duty due on a gift.

What a crock of ……. *grrrrr*….

Utterly ridiculous.   So now my sister has to PAY for her Christmas Gifts?

I am furious….. it’s bad enough I don’t get to spend Christmas with my family, but now I can’t send them gifts either.

I’m going to end this post now before I degenerate into ALL CAPS AND EXPLETIVES!!!

Bleh….

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Kerry

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