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  • Import Fees – this can’t be right, can it?
  • Premier Icon Daffy
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    Imported a single carbon rim from China.

    Value of item and postage is $180 as marked on the docket. That’s £136.

    The duty, VAT and handling fee were £71.83!

    That’s not right is it? There are no tariffs that I’m missing are there? It should just be ~25% so £30 plus the £12 handling fee?

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Have you looked up the duty code for a wheel? Rates vary per product type. Also what is the handling fee? I’ve seen this range from £8 – £30 depending on the courier service.

    Premier Icon alanl
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    Could be this:
    Tariffs from China
    48.5% duty on some cycle parts from China.

    Premier Icon 5lab
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    You’re missing vat at 20%, no?

    Premier Icon jimw
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    Does the invoice separate the postage fee from the value of the rim?
    I had an issue with some Litespeed spares sent from the states, only the total figure was put on the customs form with no postage itemised and the handler assumed a nominal figure for the shipping and put it on top. This added £30 (just double checked) to the release fee. I challenged it with a copy of the full invoice and it was accepted and the bill reduced accordingly

    Premier Icon whitestone
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    Duty is paid on the value of the item plus carriage plus insurance then VAT is applied to that total, see here – https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty. Release fee then depends on the total.

    Premier Icon jonnyboi
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    I paid less than £40 including the processing rate for a pair of carbon wheels.

    Purchase price was £250 but the parcel had $100 value put on it by the supplier

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    I paid less than £40 including the processing rate for a pair of carbon wheels.

    Correctly declared one has no bearing on the other. Wheel parts are as likely to fall into the same commodity grouping as sheep* as they are wheels. Your wheels should have been declared as of aluminium or other alloys of base metal due to spokes and hubs not as carbon.
    Carbon rims obviously not.

    *Obviously not but you get the gist.

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    So – I filled in the paperwork to contest the fees and received a 44% (£27) refund reducing my total fees to a more acceptable £45. It’s always worth asking.

    Almost 2 months to get an answer, but they did answer.

    Premier Icon Scienceofficer
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    Seems in the ballpark to me.

    You take the value,

    Add import duty

    Add admin fee

    Apply VAT to the whole total.

    Do you have a break down of costs?

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    Yeah, their recalculated math almost exactly matches my own in the OP.

    I was a little concerned that the above mentioned anti-dumping tariff had been applied, but it hadn’t. 20% VAT + 3.7% duty.

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    So – I filled in the paperwork to contest the fees and received a 44% (£27) refund reducing my total fees to a more acceptable £45. It’s always worth asking.

    how did you contest it – on the basis of wrong tariff code (did you do some research & suggest alternative?) or just say “it’s too much!! 😭”?

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    I just queried the amount using the address on the Parcelforce sticker. I gave evidence of the waybill, the values, etc and they (BorderForce) recalculated based on the evidence. I’ve got no idea how ParcelForce/Borderforce calculated it wrong to begin with as all of this evidence was strapped to the parcel as part of the waybill docket.

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