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    My Decree XRE UNO..went missing in Mexico for two weeks..today it arrives in the UK..straight into customs you can bet I will be billed 23.00GBP.to get my light..DAY LIGHT ROBBERY i SHOULD CHARGE interest on holding my light in Mexico.,today is not a good day..sorry I had to vent..oh to uk customsas if I dont pay enough taxes,VAT on every thing,tax on tax on taxes.
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    That sucks. I'd like to know the rules on getting customs charges - I've only ever paid customs on my very first torch - SF E2d. Since then, nothing I've bought from the States (personal trades and from companies) has had customs charges. Wierd!

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    WELL I CAN TELL YOU THIS YOU GET CHARGED ON THE FULL AMOUNT. THIS INCLUDES SHIPPING SO IF THE TOTAL IS 93.00USD INCLUDING SHIPPING WE GET CHARGED WITH DELIVERY CHARGES ALMOST 50%
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    Default Re: custom charges again!!dam UK customs.

    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    My Decree XRE UNO..went missing in Mexico for two weeks..today it arrives in the UK..straight into customs you can bet I will be billed 23.00GBP.to get my light..DAY LIGHT ROBBERY i SHOULD CHARGE interest on holding my light in Mexico.,today is not a good day..sorry I had to vent..oh to uk customsas if I dont pay enough taxes,VAT on every thing,tax on tax on taxes.
    Any wonder we threw the kings tea in the drink.....

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    To me it seems not only the amount stated but also the method of shipping.

    f.e. most any light received the last few years, amount less important --> mostly no charges
    EVERY small parcel from Sandwich Shoppe (again amount less important, even when just 20,-- or so) --> duty EVERY TIME + personal appearance at customs (time lost to get there and wait)

    ... just by accident switched to "International Airmail" and no charges from then, also for all the other parcels.
    (and that intl. Airmal is even on the cheap side)

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    One more point..I paid Wayne 23.00usd to ship my decree to my door you would think no!! parcel force who handle the customs charges want another 27.00usd..to deliver it to me what a cheek!!! I rename them parcel farce..Dick Turpin is still alive..the famous highway robber. so total payable 27.00usd postage+17.00usd tax duties= 44.00usd on a light that cost 69.00usd.Wow!!!
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    The worst Customs are in Brazil. Import taxes are 60% over product+shipping, can u believe that?
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    Bad luck Titan1833.
    I've not been stung yet, but it will happen one day. As you say above, what really takes the biscuit is that the post office charge for collecting the tax can be higher than the money they are collecting in the first place !

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    Our C&E people are evil...the post office are also evil...both are agents of the Devil, of this much I am certain.


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    The value has to be quite low to qualify for under the duty threshold, I seem to remember around £18, or possibly £32 as a gift.

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    Oh and forget fedex or anyone that uses parcel theft as the courier.
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    just received a few cables for my Landcruiser from the USA, 10 days door to door and nothing to pay for in the customs here in Tenerife, value 145 Dollar..... no idea if there is a difference between the UK and the spanish custums.....
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    thats a absolute certainty on that count.
    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Flashlight User
    Our C&E people are evil...the post office are also evil...both are agents of the Devil, of this much I am certain.


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    Why cant they use discretion my light is 69.00USD=34.00GBP now I'm asking the impossible.I sent parcel farce a email!! guess what no reply!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul_Duke
    The value has to be quite low to qualify for under the duty threshold, I seem to remember around £18, or possibly £32 as a gift.
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    I have had so much trouble with our customs office - I really hate them.
    The best way is to ask the seller if he could mark the package as a gift with a lower value (20$) - they don't have time to check every package, so I never pay customs fee this way. Nothing happens if they find out that it's not a gift - they just ask you to tell them how much it cost - I usually email them some pictures of my PayPal account and that's enough.

    And it delays the package - sometimes even for a week.
    We have to pay 19% tax (a flat tax here in Slovakia) and the customs fee (somewhere between 1-10 %).
    Packages sent within the European Union don't pay customs fees.
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    Yeah but this should include countries in NATO..as well dont you think!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    Yeah but this should include countries in NATO..as well dont you think!!
    LOL...now that's a fair point!


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    Also who the hell decided the low value limit..I mean under 30.00 pounds..thats taking the pith.IMHO. It should be set at 100 pounds this would be half way to being fair.
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    Just checked parcel farce tracking site..they have had my light for 2 days now..still awaiting customs charges.it says i suppose now they will add interest for holding my light..jokers!!
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    I will let you retract from what you just said.
    I live in Argentina and I'm ready to claim the worst customs in the world are here, trust me you don't want to compete with us.
    Do you take that back ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer2beer
    The worst Customs are in Brazil. Import taxes are 60% over product+shipping, can u believe that?
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    No biggy luigi.. but your location is set at Florida US..have you moved?.
    Quote Originally Posted by luigi
    I will let you retract from what you just said.
    I live in Argentina and I'm ready to claim the worst customs in the world are here, trust me you don't want to compete with us.
    Do you take that back ?

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    I have a mailbox in Florida and I forward my mail.
    For CPF purposes Florida is better as my location due to the many Conus only sellers.

    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    No biggy luigi.. but your location is set at Florida US..have you moved?.
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    Thats cool BTW what do customs charge you.!!
    Quote Originally Posted by luigi
    I have a mailbox in Florida and I forward my mail.
    For CPF purposes Florida is better as my location due to the many Conus only sellers.
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    It may be time to throw our torches in da' harbor!!!

    All in favor???

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    Thats cool BTW what do customs charge you.!!
    Random charges. About 50% over value+shipping the biggest problem is they take ages to release the items.
    I have countless funny annecdotes.
    Like declaring a leatherman charge a "multiple weapon" (!)
    Or asking me to go to the office to inspect a Surefire catalog that arrived
    (After 2 hours waiting in line they open the envelope and the catalog appears)
    "what is this?"
    "a catalog"
    "ok, you can take it"
    One day they labeled glowinc GITD powder as "radioactive green sand"
    The next GITD powder was labeled as "tatoo ink" (!!)
    Etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    Just checked parcel farce tracking site..they have had my light for 2 days now..still awaiting customs charges.it says i suppose now they will add interest for holding my light..jokers!!
    I´m working for a telephone company here in Tenerife.

    A few years ago we orderd 1000 dailer (to dial our prefix number automaticly) from China.

    The seller send us all the CE- Certificates and the bill and everthing else.

    But the spanish custom blocked them for nearly 2 years in the repository at the Airport.......

    Then they offered us to check them out: Value of the dialers 3000 Euro, penalty for the 2 years embargo nearly 4000 Euro !!!!!
    Greetings from Tenerife, Canary Islands

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    Luigi,

    After reading all u said, yes, I retract that.
    Sorry for my bad English...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN1833
    as if I dont pay enough taxes,VAT on every thing,tax on tax on taxes.
    Just curious...VAT? What's that?
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    Its a term used by our government. VALUE ADDED TAX.BTW. to me its paramount to theft in my book!
    Quote Originally Posted by dalekcommander
    Just curious...VAT? What's that?
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    luigi thats funny! you have made my day.laughing ha ha ha .
    Quote Originally Posted by luigi
    Random charges. About 50% over value+shipping the biggest problem is they take ages to release the items.
    I have countless funny annecdotes.
    Like declaring a leatherman charge a "multiple weapon" (!)
    Or asking me to go to the office to inspect a Surefire catalog that arrived
    (After 2 hours waiting in line they open the envelope and the catalog appears)
    "what is this?"
    "a catalog"
    "ok, you can take it"
    One day they labeled glowinc GITD powder as "radioactive green sand"
    The next GITD powder was labeled as "tatoo ink" (!!)
    Etc...

    Always better to laugh than to cry

    Luigi

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