I ordered some £90 worth of kit from HobbyKing and didn't have a choice of couriers, they shipped via FedEx. Two weeks after delivery I get an invoice from FedEx for customs and import tax of £34................made my £90 worth as dear as buying in UK. It has now made me very wary of them.
I am very reluctant to buy from Hobbyking, as even when you buy from their UK warehouse in GBP, the total price is converted to USD when it comes to time to pay. You are then exposed to the pounds x rate versus the dollar, which is not good at present. On top of which Paypal or the credit company charge a surcharge for this conversion service. Hobbyking postage charges via the UK warehouse are also very high. On a 12 USD item I was charged 7 USD postage.
I bought a cheap transmitter from HobbyKing and mistakenly ordered it from their international warehouse. Within a couple of days I had a call from DHL saying I owed £22.00 duty. Tracking the parcel showed that it took 3 days to get to East Midlands from China, where it then sat for a couple of weeks. After some emails and a call from DHL I finally got my parcel, but not before I had e.mailed them a copy of the Paypay reciept. Never again
Personally I would not but owt from HK for that very reason. I buy a lot of stuff from Bang Good and Gear Best Direct . Very often Free Postage You must have patience though waiting for them to arrive.That is the only drawback
Bang Good and Gear Best Direct are both Chinese companies. If the good's value is above the duty threshold they are liable for the fees. Sometimes you may not be charged but if you are the carrier may also make a handling fee.
I have used Bang Good and their service was good and delivery within the advised timescale, but I kept the value below £40.
I have had some very good experiences of buying via Amazon Market Place. Can be a bit slow coming sometimes, but never had any problems. I paid £110.81 for a dual channel battery charger that came from Gool RC in China. When it arrived I discovered that there was a fault with the touch screen, I contacted Amazon who gave me an immediate refund & told me to keep the charger. I later found out that Gool RC had stopped trading via Amazon. I have bought lots of connectors, leads, servos, rc switches for next to nothing e.g. Lipo battery checkers with alarm £1.68 including postage from China
Hi onetenor Goods arrive in the UK and are inspected by customs before being passed on to a UK carrier that provides the service for the original carrier. The UK carrier pays the duty and sends you an invoice for the duty plus its charges or just delivers the duty free items. Large companies ship in volume with the goods covered by shipping documents, and pay customs dues direct and arrange for their own collection and delivery in the UK. Either way costs are involved. If you have contacts with an importer they may agree to include you item with a shipment but I suspect they would want paying and may not want to carry certain items. Dave
You pay VAT on goods sent from non-European Union countries and if they are: gifts worth more than £34 other goods worth more than £15 You have to pay VAT on all goods sent by mail order from the Channel Islands no matter what their value. You will be charged at the rate that applies to your goods. VAT is charged on the total value, including: the price paid for the goods, postage, packaging and insurance, any duty you owe
Customs Duty You will be charged Customs Duty on gifts and other goods sent from outside the EU if they are above a certain value, unless the duty comes to less than £7. The value includes: the price paid for the goods, postage, packaging and insurance, Type and value of goods,
Customs Duty Anything under £135-= No charge Gifts worth £135-£630 = 2.5%, but rates are lower for some goods Gifts above £630 and other goods above £135 = The rate depends on the type of goods and where they came from.
If you are charged too much or return your goods Ask for a refund of VAT or Customs Duty.
Hi Mark Not quite so clear. If there is duty or VAT to pay the UK carrier will charge their costs to collect the good from the bonded warehouse, pay the duty/tax, add on their administration charges then charge you VAT on the total cost. As their minimum fee appears to be about £20 VAT this adds considerably to the original cost.
Hi Rob Yes I posted the original link. I am aware that a number of modellers have received a nasty shock due to the extra charges incurred. The taxman has his cut but the other UK based collection charges plus VAT can really ramp up the costs and are not mentioned on the Govt website or your post. I believe our members will welcome your summary but it would be unfortunate if they were then faced with a higher bill due to UK collection charges. Dave 😀
If buying from Hobby King, use the EU warehouse, there should be no import duties to pay, as it is "Free Trade" between EU member countries, The cost of postage is also cheaper than the UK warehouse, if you choose std post. I have never had to pay import charges & VAT is added at the checkout, so you know exactly what the total cost is, it's also in GBP, so no currency charges either.
A good example of how additional costs from the UK handler (DHL) together with VAT increase a £87 purchase into a £115 cost. No customs duty on this payment, but any due would increase the bill even more. Thank you for sharing an actual example Dave