what fees am i likely to face buyin a macbook unibody from canada bein poted to UK

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jake020793, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. jake020793 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    hey any custom charges likely?
    its used i paid $725 and it being shipped TO UK FROM Canada,
    its a macbook unibody,
    cheers guys i'd really appreciate the help..
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Oh, very likely, even if it's marked as a "gift". Hello VAT.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Do I have to pay import duties and/or import VAT on goods sent to me?

    Most goods arriving in the UK from outside the EU are liable to any or all of the following taxes:

    * customs duty
    * excise duty
    * import VAT

    and must be paid whether:

    * you purchase the goods or receive them as a gift
    * the goods are new or used (including antiques)
    * the goods are for your private use or for re-sale

    Which is from here: http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channels...ntent&propertyType=document&id=HMCE_CL_000014

    Dig around and you can figure the exact amount. My guess is 18%.
  4. Moks macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    If you get lucky you won't need to pay anything. I bought a $400 trumpet on ebay from USA, shipped to UK, no charges. It may come down to the value of the item you are importing. Good luck!
  5. jake020793 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    thanks for the answers guys,
    erm i looked on that site and they dont state an exact amount, im kinda worried though, im 16 and i've only got 60GBP tops to pay for the charges :/
  6. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Expect 2 things then.

    The Courier will not release the goods until you've paid the charge (Plus their £10-15+vat collection fee) or you may just get invoiced (TNT do this).

    Either way your £60 isn't going to cover it.
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    I think import duty is 14% for electronics so you could pay up to 14% + 17.5% + handling costs. Parcelforce used to charge £12 for that. So you could be looking at about £170 total.

    Edit: Turns out laptops are duty free (but displays at least aren't and are at the 14% rate). So you're just looking at VAT + handling costs so about £93 right now. Sorry it's more than the £60 you can afford right now, you'll have to ask your parents for a loan I guess and just chalk this up to one of life's little lessons. :-( Contrary to what everyone always thinks, UK prices aren't always hiked up as US prices. US prices don't include tax.

Share This Page