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Posted 12/16/14
So I only recently joined up here in the last day because I wanted to put in an order for the Link Wind Waker Nendoroid and the cheapest was on here, I didn't have the money earlier blah blah all the rest.

I know since I only put my order in the other day it's gonna take a good while to come what with the pre ordered ones being sent out, and the black friday sales being shipped and everything.

But there's something I do worry about. I've bought overseas from America before but on Etsy, so very small items that can fit into envelopes that go through customs without a hint of "oh that's suspicious" and have arrived here with delay but no fees or anything as they were just art prints.

This order's the first item I've bought out of the UK that's more than just a tiny thing and I'm worried about how much customs usually are (if that's what you do call it, I never really buy online all that much. I have an anime store near me for all the general items I get).

Has anyone had their item like a figure stopped by customs into the UK, and had to pay even more to get it? And how much (roughly) did the fees cost?

(I'm the type of person who worries extensively about everything and seeing as my brother had bought some computer chip item from the US before and the custom fees were absolutely extortionate I did get a little worried).

Sorry for blabbing, but it'd be grateful if anyone could just give me a 'wee' bit of info. Thanks! x
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I had a hoddie and a Calendar ( in the same package) stopped at customs and had a fee of £15 to pay. Not sent from crunchy mind you.
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Vegangoth Ah it's kinda good to hear it's not as extortionate as my brother had to pay. £30 customs fee for a chip that cost less than half of that.

I was browsing a wee bit to see that someone only had to pay about £9 as part of customs from here. Then again it depends on the item and whatnot. Ah!
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Posted 12/16/14
Wow! £30 is a shocking amount!! I think it's the luck of the draw at customs. Fingers crossed yours doesn't get picked.
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Posted 12/16/14
If the contents of the parcel (not including shipping) are valued under £15, there shouldn't be any charges.

If the contents are valued between £15-£135 you could have to pay import VAT (20% of the total value including shipping) IF they check. They might not.

If there is anything to pay, Royal Mail will pay it, then hold the parcel ransom for the customs charge PLUS another £8.


Sorry I can't be more reassuring, basically HMRC might catch it or might not. Hopefully it'll be the latter. *Fingers crossed*
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ianddicks Yeah I guess it's just a win or lose situation. Thanks though. I know it's really not likely to happen, but the -COULD- happen situation mulls over in my head too much.

Worked it out and even if that happens it's about £14 customs which isn't as much as my mum's yelling about saying it's going to be as much as my brother had to pay.

Thanks!
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It really sounds like your brother might have been wrongfully charged. I'm not sure what the time limit for appeals is, but it could be worth him checking...

I was charged on a package under £15 once. I sent a couple of angry letters, and was grudgingly apologized to and refunded.
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ianddicks Probably, but it happened quite a bit ago. I'm not sure if they thought it was REALLY suspicious or something so it cost him more.
Either way, I guess I just need to wait and see what happens. Thanks!
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