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Chaz wrote:This is from a discussion on another board and pretty much sums it up:
"[From outside the EU] Goods with a value exceeding £15 (for commercial items including internet/mail order purchases) are generally subject to Customs charges."
"Normally charges are calculated upon the declared value (plus shipping costs and postage for commercial items)".
So it's the 'declared value' the value of the item plus the postage charge. This would pretty much mean almost anything from outside the EU would attract a charge ..
Mark T wrote:Edgar, it's one thing when private individuals ship things and don't declare the true value - but companies who do this can get in a lot of trouble if they are caught. I would be surprised if Ernie B would not always declare the true value, his company seems very professional.
Packages coming into Canada only seem to be subject to our GST (goods and service tax) when the value of the goods exceeds $50 or so and even then they do not include the shipping charge in the value of the goods.
I suppose one way around this would be for members in the EU to have packages shipped to friends which usually only costs $5 or so within the US and then have the friend forward the 'gift' to them in the EU.
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