good for youOriginally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 274890
that usually makes life much easier for all the involved ;)
Movement !! - he is now out of customs with 'charges' and is now being processed through the system - I'm trying to get ahead of the game and pay the charges before they post the letter to me - but at least we are making progress
Speaking to someone I know apparently this happens if you use USPS/Parcelforce and the average wait time at customs is a week as the UKBA cannot cope with the amount of parcels delivered every day.
It almost never happens with UPS or other carriers so - if you are considering total carriage costs always add the extra time and cost on in your head as well
You live an learn
anyway - not too long now I hope :)
Odd. I've never had that happen before when I've sent things to Slowhand at Christmas time. At least not to that degree. When I sent their package last Christmas, I believe it was one week door to door and that was also through the USPS. I'd think the backup during Christmas would be monumental.Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 274949
As far as VAT is concerned, we'd have to ask Terry about that one. I always declare their stuff as gifts also and he's close mouthed about what bite the tax man takes.
Now, from this colonials perspective, VAT, while useful to help fill the government coffers is something that I, when sending gifts, find particularly offensive. If I'm sending a gift to someone, I really don't want them to have to pay a tax on it. That seems to defeat the purpose of a gift. I know, I know, "if that were the case, everyone would be sending it as gifts". However, it seems to me that if the object in question is addressed from one individual to another and declared as a gift, they might just be able to see their way clear to let it slide.
Tom (... overtaxed...)
I agree entirely Tom and they use these times of 'Austerity' to bleed every penny from us
They now tax everything over £40 value and as I said they add on the copst of shipping - i.e darn near everything will now get ht with a tax and when that occurs you also incur nearly £20 worth of 'handling fees' - so the price we pay to free it from the grips of customs could easily equal the cost of the gift in the first place, if not more
Insane!Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 274964
No wonder this kind of thing caused such a ruckus back in 1773!
Tom (... have a cuppa...)
badgered parcelforce into giving me the customs code, rang up and paid using the touch tone keypad came to £26
Said delivery date may be tomorrow
I will not hold my breath, I await a letter and a series of phone calls where I try and explain that I have paid the customs charge using the automated system
Despite the fact we have house guests the next week I will still try to post picks as and when he finally arrives :)
Almost $41.00 US? Insane!Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 275003
Tom (... and I thought our taxes were bad...)
Ok get this
Because I paid for the customs charges early by ringing up and getting the clearing code it has confused the system and wasn't booked in properly to the local depot. As a result it didn't get booked in today or out for delivery, so as a result it will be out next week 'hopefully Monday '
This country oi
Still it inches ever closer
Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 275083
Tom (... teach you to mess with the bureaucracy!)