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    Posted: 26 December 2018 at 01:18
I keep seeing attractively priced kit on sale from Japanese vendors on ebay - and I am tempted. However, I am put off by the unknowns of import duty collection. I was once charged an exorbitant fee by a UK delivery company for their minimal effort in paying the duty on my behalf and collecting it from me.

Have any UK Dyxumers have recent experience buying from Japan - what sort of charges are typical?
 



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It's not unknown. Import duty will be charged at 20% plus a service fee (used to be around £8)
The reason why things cost as much as they do in UK is because the taxes has been paid on import. If you import and add taxes you'll basically end up at the same price as you can source things locally.
Only way it gets cheaper is if you buy grey import i.e. avoid paying the tax. But that's naughty
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Go to the customs website to see what you have to pay. Usually you have to pay VAT and import duties. In the Netherlands there are some products without import duties, don't know about the UK (I think it is a EU rule, but check).

nandbytes does mention import duties and no VAT, but VAT is a given I think.
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VAT is 20%, customs duty varies according to the price paid - under £135 it is zero, above £135 it is (I think) 6.7% for a lens. I am not sure if VAT is payable on the duty?

It is the fee charged by the carrier that concerns me - if it is £8 it would seem within reasonable bounds.

The attraction of Japan is only partly the lower prices - as noted VAT/duty/fees often cancel this out - the other aspect is that there are lenses that rarely appear for sale in the EU but regularly turn up in Japan.


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I quite often get lenses from Japan .
No problems what so ever , and no unexpected cost's .

When it arrives after it's often slow crawl at customs and arrives at the Manchester depot of Parcel Force I get a note through the letterbox telling me to cough up 20% duty ( VAT ) plus their £16 handling fee .

I've never had anything slip threw unnoticed , so I expect to pay the extras on collection .

I always collect and pay then as it's more convenient for me to call at their depot after I finish work , but there is a phone number on the card and you can pay that way and have them deliver it to your house as normal .

   
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