Shipping from the US to the UK

dunnyrail

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
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St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
Just think, before too long we will be able to enjoy similar rip-offs from the EU. 20% mark up on VAT and the PO charge for the pleasure of getting it and delivery, ain't the world a wonderful place. On e that is in place may be a good time to flog my G scale and go Gauge 3, been pondering this for years.
 
JimmyB

JimmyB

Semi-Retired; more time for trains.
Just think, before too long we will be able to enjoy similar rip-offs from the EU. 20% mark up on VAT and the PO charge for the pleasure of getting it and delivery, ain't the world a wonderful place. On e that is in place may be a good time to flog my G scale and go Gauge 3, been pondering this for years.
But the EU should be selling them duty free, and if the sellers are smart, will manage duty before shipping meaning the PO (and others) will not have a handling charge.
 
maxi-model

maxi-model

UK/US/ROW steam narrow gauge railways 1:1
27 Oct 2009
4,828
Bucks/Oxon/Northants area
Well, if it's gauge 3 you want to go with remember - never mind the VAT trade offs, import tax rates and handling fees feel the GRSVAT :D Max
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

Retired Oik
27 Oct 2009
28,206
North West Norfolk
Drats! Thanks for the info guys but that puts the nail in the proverbial coffin for the K27 I found on evilbay :(
Collection in person >:) >:) >:)
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

Retired Oik
27 Oct 2009
28,206
North West Norfolk
Just think, before too long we will be able to enjoy similar rip-offs from the EU. 20% mark up on VAT and the PO charge for the pleasure of getting it and delivery, ain't the world a wonderful place. On e that is in place may be a good time to flog my G scale and go Gauge 3, been pondering this for years.
No, only where the VAT rates aren't harmonized.

The good ole' US of A doesn't indulge in Value Added Tax - that's why HMRC feels duty bound to interfere :nerd::nerd:
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
17,833
72
St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
My decals arrived today from USA, and due to nice packaging (discrete envelope) no duty :)
Ah I believe that paperwork including books and perhaps DVD’s are not susceptible to the import tariffs. There is also a value exemption which is either £20 or £30 quid I believe.
 
Fred2179G

Fred2179G

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20 Apr 2017
500
USA
It could be cheaper to fly and get it
It might be possible to find someone who flies regularly across the pond who could carry it for you. UK Student studying in the US?
 
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Pauljag900

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Chester
Hi gents,
i m new to this forum but have been involved in n gauge for about 6 years and I used to buy second hand trains from a guy I met on the japanese forum and have also bought a couple of trams from a dealer,I can confirm that it is almost a certainty you will pay customs and 20% tax,as has already been pointed out the USA don’t impose vat so we have to pay it and it’s the same for any country that does nt pay tax unfortunately.
just my experience gents,
paul
 
funandtrains

funandtrains

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Croydon, Surrey
Only way to avoid charges is to fly over and bring it back if you are within the weight limit. You are allowed to bring back £390 worth of goods without having to pay tax or duty. So depending on the exchange rate you can bring back $500-550 worth of stuff each trip. Or buy more and face the risk of a fine on top of the charges if they stop you at customs!