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  • Buying from Ebay - item from Hong Kong - customs?

    Can anyone tell me about custom charges??

    I want to buy some beads off eBay but I've never bought from Hong Kong/China before and don't want to get caught out by high customs charges.

    They are £1.30 at the minute with free p+p. Is there a limit to what I spend before custom charges are made or is it weight?

    I really don't understand and I have looked at websites but still don't! I don't know whether I should risk it or not?

    Hope you can help

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    Bespoke handcrafted bracelets by Charmed Soul

    www.charmedsoul.co.uk
    www.facebook.com/charmedsouluk (keep checking for regular offers and competitions!)

  • #2
    individual little bits and peices seem to come through with no customs charge. Larger items and higher value items do get caught at customs. I often order small lots of beads and findings and have yet to have them charged.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      YOur charge will be a max of the VAT ie 20% plus whatever the shipping company charges to clear the package through customs and collect the VAT from you - around a tenner usually
      but I think there is a minimum of £18 and below that no charge (I'm cahkier there because i've never done an under £18 package)
      If it's just beads and other components there should be no duty

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      • #4
        Thank you!
        Bespoke handcrafted bracelets by Charmed Soul

        www.charmedsoul.co.uk
        www.facebook.com/charmedsouluk (keep checking for regular offers and competitions!)

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        • #5
          Under £15(business) or £13(personal) total value (excluding delivery/postage charges) there will be no fee, tax or duty payable.

          Over that value all one can say is that it depends - on a large number of variables.You can find information here if you are importing as a business and here if you are importing by post for personal use. I have often emailed HMRC about importing different items and have always had prompt and helpful replies.


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