Judging by the relative lack of emails I’ve received, it seems that most of you are busy sunbathing and preparing for your holidays, or are simply too lazy to do any work! That’s fine! I actually enjoy these quiet few weeks during the summer, when I don’t have to deal with as many emails every day!
So today we have a short and sweet Q&A post, covering just 4 questions:
- Why do I only have to pay import tax on some shipments?
- How to sell branded goods on eBay for a profit?
- Can patented products still be sourced from China?
- How to deal with sales fluctuations on eBay?
Let’s get started!
I hope you can clarify something for me.
I recently placed 2 separate clothing orders with surfstitchaustralia, to be shipped to the UK. The cost of each order was around $400 AUD.
When the first order arrived (approx. 17 items of clothing) it was delivered by DHL and no payment for duties or VAT was requested.
However with the second order I received about 3 text messages asking me to pay £76 GBP before the items could be delivered.
I thought this strange as it was the same value as the 1st order and only a few more items overall.
I then received a text to say that they will be delivering my order tomorrow.
I am presuming that they will be wanting me to pay when they deliver but I don’t want to pay anything until I am clear about why they are charging me for this order and nothing had to be paid for the 1st order.
Hope you can help.
Chances are that the first shipment simply slipped through customs without the required charges. This happens fairly often.
But it doesn’t change the fact that an order worth $400, imported from Australia into the UK, should be cleared through customs and have its import taxes paid for. So you should be happy that you only need to pay this for one shipment, rather than both. [Read more…]