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Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby richy-c » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:59 pm

Im looking to buy some second hand items from Germany im in England . Any experiences with customs and delivery?

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby TheRussian » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:37 pm

Use UPS & their App and the service (for me) was faultless - you pay VAT via the UPS website (not on the App) - they clear it through customs & deliver - I bought a new kite from the Netherlands (v long delivery dates in UK) - but buying 2nd hand means that the description & value can be...ahem.."stated".

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby nothing2seehere » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:42 pm

You 'should' need to pay VAT and customs duties on it. My interpretation (based on reading the tedious online documentation) is that this would be about 20% and 2% of the total cost including postage (assuming that it falls under 'Miscellaneous watersports equipment'.

Theoretically though, if the seller made it out as a gift to you and it 'happened' to be worth less than (about as I forget the exact figure) 130 Euros then it would be exempt from the above charges. Happy days. Unless of course it gets lost or damaged in transit in which case your insurance wouldn't cover the cost.

If annoyed by this - don't spill milkshake on any UKIP people though as they are of a nervous disposition.

Edit: Handy link above for UPS!

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby TheRussian » Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:01 pm

nothing2seehere wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:42 pm


If annoyed by this - don't spill milkshake on any UKIP people though as they are of a nervous disposition.
:lol:

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby sarc » Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:56 pm

Those Netherlands shops (**cough**cough**kitemana**cough**cough**) really provide excellent selection, prices, service and shipping. Just giving credit where credit is due.

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby alunj » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:14 pm

Having recently moved to Spain from little England I can tell you the delays both ways are pretty bad at the moment . Work laptop retured to U.K. 8 weeks . 4 weeks Spain customs . 4 weeks U.K. ( with ups )
Other orders from U.K. to mainland have been stopped for weeks and ups charged 40 euro to do clearance

At the moment it seems like loads are being stopped and charged for . Often the clearance fees are more than the vat and other charges

I’d be pretty wary right now thill things settle down a bit . Btw the 130 euro exemption is going from U.K. this month
All goods whatever the value must be declared and taxes paid

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby richy-c » Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:06 am

Ok thanks all for your responses
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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby dice » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:24 pm

TheRussian wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:37 pm
Use UPS & their App and the service (for me) was faultless - you pay VAT via the UPS website (not on the App) - they clear it through customs & deliver - I bought a new kite from the Netherlands (v long delivery dates in UK) - but buying 2nd hand means that the description & value can be...ahem.."stated".
Is your experience from before or after the brexit?

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Re: Importing used gear in from Europe into England

Postby alunj » Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:38 pm

dice wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:24 pm
TheRussian wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:37 pm
Use UPS & their App and the service (for me) was faultless - you pay VAT via the UPS website (not on the App) - they clear it through customs & deliver - I bought a new kite from the Netherlands (v long delivery dates in UK) - but buying 2nd hand means that the description & value can be...ahem.."stated".
Is your experience from before or after the brexit?
After . All since jan this year .
Laptop was sent back in April.
Latest giggle was leafy tea being stopped as it had no plant safety paperwork
Into U.K. from Eu is supposedly easier because U.K. are not doing much that’s all due to change end June


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