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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    UPS doesn't charge everyone though.
    Neither do Royal Mail or Parcelforce. Only if your package is liable for import duty.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick
    Neither do Royal Mail or Parcelforce. Only if your package is liable for import duty.
    I meant you can get off without paying the import tax if you're a student or traveller.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    I meant you can get off without paying the import tax if you're a student or traveller.
    i doubt that as well fella

    UPS will charge you exactly what the custom office asks for plus their little admin fee for releasing it

    how do UPS know if you're a student and i'm sure if they come to your door asking for ?20 (?7 to customs) tell them you're a student and they will write it off, remember some of the fee has nothing to do with them and its out of their control

    as for a traveller you would have to pay the full amount and deposit a refund request at the airport when you left the country

    i know i lived in Gibraltar for 3 years

  4. #14
    Explain then to me how I've been getting games delivered by UPS for 2 years and never had to pay import tax?

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    Explain then to me how I've been getting games delivered by UPS for 2 years and never had to pay import tax?
    maybe you've been lucky or the value has been under the threshold

    explain to me how mr customs at customs knows you're a student and you shouldnt have to pay tax

    but everybody has to pay tax

    95% of the stuff i get arrives no bother - think out of probably 60 parcels i've been stung 3 times and they have all been over the ?18 mark

  6. #16
    I'll answer my own post.

    There are two ways in which you CAN avoid import tax, when your courier is UPS.

    One: you are a traveller in the U.K., here for a temporary time.

    Two: you are a student in the U.K.

    Of course, you could also (if you know a student or a traveller) have the parcel delivered to their name and avoid import tax that way.

    Anyway, what happens is as soon as you find out your tracking number, you call up UPS and ask them to track your order. You need to call the post clearance department. If you are a traveller, you tell them that, and ask for a c108 form. They'll ask you what the purpose of your stay in the U.K. is, and for how long you have been here. Additionally, they'll ask you to fax them a photocopy of your passport and your plane ticket. Once they get the fax, they will fill in the c108 on your behalf, and that is that. They will mark on the package that the C.O.D. has been paid, and send the parcel, tax free, your way.

    If you tell them you are a student, then you'll need to ask for a C3 form. They will fax it to you (or they can mail it, but fax of course makes life much easier). You fill in the 4 pages there, and send it back, along with a photocopy of your passport and your univeristy acceptance letter. Once they get that, they will mark on your package that C.O.D. has been paid and all is well. No tax.

    Now then, if you don't get that sorted before the delivery is scheduled (unless you postpone the delivery itself till a later day), then the driver will show up asking for money. Pay the guy, and then call up post clearance and ask for the appropriate form (either c108 or c3) and explain your situation. Once they have the form completed, they will pass it on to another department which will issue you a refund (they'll write out a cheque). This could take up to 2 weeks, so it's much easier if you actually get on top of things as soon as you have found out the tracking number.

    There... 2 ways to avoid import tax when using UPS. I would guess that it would be the same with any other courier, such as FedEx, but I cannot say for sure, as I have really only dealt with UPS.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    There... 2 ways to avoid import tax when using UPS. I would guess that it would be the same with any other courier, such as FedEx, but I cannot say for sure, as I have really only dealt with UPS.
    considering its the customs office that is charging you the tax and not UPS i guess its the same with everybody else

    when i bought my pc and had it shipped to Gibraltar (outside eu) i had to pay the full price and deposit my tax return form at the airport

    no matter how hard i tried i couldnt get away with not paying the tax first

    you had to claim it back and it can take some time

    so i guess if you are a traveller here for a short time you probably would have to pay it first and claim it back or you might not get your parcel before you have to leaft the country again
    Last edited by buster_broon; 10-03-2005 at 03:09 PM.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by buster_broon
    considering its the customs office that is charging you the tax and not UPS i guess its the same with everybody else

    when i bought my pc and had it shipped to Gibraltar (outside eu) i had to pay the full price and deposit my tax return form at the airport

    no matter how hard i tried i couldnt get away with not paying the tax first

    you had to claim it back and it can take some time

    so i guess if you are a traveller here for a short time you probably would have to pay it first and claim it back or you might not get your parcel before you have to leaft the country again
    Nonsense. From experience I can tell you they won't make you pay for the parcel if you're a traveller.

    Come on, you can say it. I'm brilliant.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    Nonsense. From experience I can tell you they won't make you pay for the parcel if you're a traveller.
    oh well i guess it was all a dream then

    since i was a traveller to the uk from Gib ft:

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Light
    Come on, you can say it. I'm brilliant.
    erm no since you seem to think its UPS thats charging you the tax

    oh just for giggles

    how does the customs desk know you're a student - just interested

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