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Import taxes explained in a nutshell
In general, import duty is a tax that the importer has to pay to bring foreign goods into his or her country. Import VAT (Value Added Tax) is a tax charged on imported goods and services. Duty and VAT are calculated as a percentage of the value of the imported goods, consisting of the product value and the freight & insurance costs. For importing into the UK, duty and VAT are normally due when a minimum value threshold of £15 is reached. Duty is not paid on consignments shipped within the EU. Import duty rates vary depending on the type of goods; many goods are duty free. Relief from duty and VAT may apply in special cases. Also, in some cases additional duties may be charged, depending of the country of manufacture of the goods
How to work out import duty & VAT
When importing an item, you may be charged import duty and VAT. The import duty is calculated as a percentage of the customs value of the goods. The customs value is made up of: + the price paid for the goods (sales tax included); + the insurance cost; + the shipping cost. The VAT is calculated as a percentage of the customs value plus the duty paid. Certain minimum thresholds apply, below which no import duty or VAT is due. Also some items are duty free or have reduced VAT rates.
Who is responsible for the payment of import duty and VAT?
The recipient of the goods is responsible for the payment of duties and taxes, unless the invoice specifies that a third party should be billed. The shipping provider will normally pay the duty and VAT taxes to Customs on behalf of the recipient, and will often charge an advancement fee for providing this service. In most cases the courier will not release the shipment to the recipient until their charges and any taxes due have been collected.
When do I have to pay duty and VAT?
Duty and VAT become due at the time your goods are declared to Customs; this will normally happen soon after the goods arrive in the EU. In most cases taxes would be paid on your behalf by the freight agent handling your shipment, who will then bill these charges on to you.
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