Change in duty for online shoppers

6 January 2010

Buying stuff online is great. Provided it comes when it's supposed to (I'm looking at you Play.com), it's a wonderful modern invention. Sit on your arse, press some buttons and wait for someone else to bring it to your house. It saves getting stuck behind dawdlers in the street and dealing with shit-eating grinners who pounce on you the minute you walk into a shop with a "Can I help you?"

Now, those of us in the UK can spend more money (provided you've got more money to spend) on the internet from stores in non-EU countries before being charged duty.

HM Revenue and Customs previously had a £120 threshold, but now, that's been upped. Items bought online will be charged customs duty if the value is above £135.

For the smokers amongst you (can I have twos on that?), you can now bring as many tabs in as you like (for personal use, naturally) into these shores from Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Estonia. These changes came into effect at the turn of the New Year and will also allow people to bring higher value items with them to the UK without paying customs duty or VAT.

What about booze? Well, travellers from outside the EU can bring one litre of spirits or liqueurs that are over 22% proof. Or, if you prefer, two litres of fortified wine (port, sherry, Mad Dog 20/20) or sparkling wine. For the dart players, you can bring in 16 litres of beer, four litres of still wine, and 200 cigarettes (or 100 cigarillos).

In short, let's get wrecked.

[BBC]

TOPICS:   Restaurants   High Street News

8 comments

  • Fella-Tio
    so if I bought a $50 item from US would it get through customs and cost me in total $50 OR would it be stopped and then I'd be charged the GDP of Ghana on top of the original cost price?
  • peter
    Did you say you can bring as much cigarettes and tobacco you want into the UK
  • Better M.
    QUOTE: "It saves getting stuck behind dawdlers in the street and dealing with shit-eating grinners who pounce on you the minute you walk into a shop with a “Can I help you?”" I'll have you know those shit-eating grinners now say "what brings you here today?"
  • Nobby
    > I’ll have you know those shit-eating grinners now say “what brings you here today?” To which the shit-eating twats that still go to the shops say "the bus". Even if they took another form of transport.
  • Nobby
    > HM Revenue and Customs previously had a £120 threshold, but now, that’s been upped. Items bought online will be charged customs duty if the value is above £135. But you still have to pay VAT if the item is over £18 though, don't you.
  • jsoap
    Bit of a misleading story. Over £18 and you are still liable for import VAT, or if it's marked as a gift, £40. Thresholds have been upped, because the pound has lost so much against the €
  • Monty
    HMRC website still hasn't been updated I see. So if I order something from US that costs £125 I don't pay Customs Duty but I still have to pay VAT right?
  • jsoap
    @Monty £22 VAT (plus the vat on the shipping charge) and £8 the Royal Mail for sorting this out for you. The Royal Mail site is up to date (amazingly)

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