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U.K. Customs Charges?
Old 02-24-2016   #1
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U.K. Customs Charges?

I'm looking to get a Fed 2*. There are many to be bought from the Ukraine and Russia, but I'm a bit put off by the postal charges. I could also take a 'hit' from U.K. customs.

What are U.K. purchasers experience of U.K. customs when buying from Russia or the Ukraine?

* I've recently started to fret over getting a mechanical rangefinder camera. I don't know why - I've got 3 DSLRs with several quality lenses. Maybe it's a hankering to go back to a simpler life, or nostalgia over my Zenit 3M that I bought new as my first camera in the 60s!

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Old 02-24-2016   #2
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If the declared value is 15 or less then there is no charge otherwise you get charged duty and a fee by the post office. See this link http://www.royalmail.com/personal/he...-for-a-payment
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Hmm, with Customs duty, Royal Mail and postal charges, it's hardly worth it then!

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Old 02-24-2016   #4
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My Mamiya 7 lens arrived from Korea this morning, so I can tell you exactly what I paid:

357.05 for the lens including postage

Customs duty 13.10 (3.66%)
Import VAT 73.45 (20.57%)
Clearance fee 13.50

Total = 100.05 to the government. Equivalent of 28% of the original price of the lens.

As far as I know, the charges are the same whether you buy from the US, Russia, Japan, Korea etc.
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Old 02-24-2016   #5
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You probably know this but imports from EU countries do not get customs charges.
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You probably know this but imports from EU countries do not get customs charges.
Correct. I wonder if that will change if and when the UK votes to leave?
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Correct. I wonder if that will change if and when the UK votes to leave?
If we go I would expect us to have to pay duty. Like we already have to for Channel Isles and Canary Islands.
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A friend in Ukraine used to send me large boxes containing around 6 - 12 cameras and other photo equipment on a regular basis. I never had to pay import duty.
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Old 03-16-2016   #9
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I used to buy cameras from Russia and Ukraine, never got charged. When I bought computer parts from the US, I did. I was under the impression that as long as the value of the goods is below about 100 or so, they don't bother.

Just found this online:

For imports into the UK, there are minimum thresholds below which duty and VAT are waived.
Duty is not charged if either:
the FOB value, i.e. the value of the goods excluding shipping and insurance cost, does not exceed 135
the amount of duty payable does not exceed 9

VAT is not charged if:

the FOB value, i.e. the value of the goods excluding shipping and insurance cost, does not exceed 15

see www.dutycalculator.com. Can't vouch for accuracy but agrees with my experience.
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