bought a macbook pro off ebay from USA 2 be shipped 2 England. any hidden tax? ETC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jake020793, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. jake020793 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    hi guys and gals.
    so i bought a macbook pro off of ebay for $800 because it is sooo much cheaper than here in england. the laptop is second hand and its from a guy not a business. i was just wondering would there be any hidden charges like extra vat or import tax because its coming from america to england?
    the guy is shipping via 'UPS'

    please help,if there is a tax or something would like to know in advance.

    thankyou :)
  2. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

    Sep 25, 2004
    Yep, UK customs will charge VAT/customs duties on this - I ship international all the time and out of all the countries I ship to, UK customs are most strict and love to levy duties on everything. Australia is relatively lenient - I've shipped items worth $1000 with no duty charged to Australia, but something worth $300 shipped to UK and slapped with a 40 pound duty/tax.
  3. jake020793 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    ohhh ok thanks for the quick reply.
    how much extra do you think i will have to pay?
    many thanks
  4. Bbusyb macrumors member


    Sep 11, 2009
    Notts, UK / Alex, Egypt
    Count on paying at least 15% of the declared value for VAT.

    Over and above that they can and will often charge import duty, but I'm not too sure about what the rate is.

    One think to keep in mind is that if the declared value is very low (I.e looks false to them) they can and will charge you on what the fair value would be in the UK.

    So if the Declared value (Which you probably will have for insurance Purposes) is $800, You can probably expect a VAT charge of at least $120 (£80), with a flat transection charge of £12-20 by the Shipper. I'm not to sure what UPS charges, but Fedex charged me £17 last time I had a Package arrive from the US.

    If the Package is marked as a Gift (Which is what most Ebay Sellers do) you might just get hit with just the VAT or a lower charge but don't count on it.
  5. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    As import duty is currently 0% for computers and software throughout most of the EU, you should only expect to be hit for VAT on the computer and the associated shipping charge and a "handling charge" by the shipper.
  6. jake020793 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    Hi weckart u seem to know what ur on about. So how much do u reckon I will have to pay?
  7. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    If you budget for around £100....

    You won't get much change - but you may be lucky and it slips through Customs (not likely though).

    Depends what the seller declared the value at - plus you have to pay VAT on the shipping too .........
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    and all this is assuming the seller actually ships it.

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