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  1. Hi All I am not sure if people are aware of the charges by customs in the UK for gifts sent to family and friends. I have lived here for 6 years and posted (as you may imagine) many presents over this time. The last few i have been late sending so used Express Courier International. This is a 'quick' service which has proved to be a joke! They are suppised to take around 3 working days, each one i have sent has taken at least 2 weeks! They get held up at the sorting office, then when tracking it states 'delivery attempted' NO CARD IS LEFT, then when they do deliver they take to to any neighbour who happens to be in and get them to sign for it! Very secure NOT!!!! Anyway, i paid $80 to send my sisters 50th birthday presents on 1 October, they got held in customs and she has had to pay VAT and clearance fees on her present. Apparently these fees have always been there (even though there have never been charges before), so i have checked into this, after speakng with a 'stroppy Essex Girl' at Romford ( and i am from Essex so this is not a dig), who told me to call customs and then calling customs 10 times (from Brisbane at 11.41pm so i am tired and feeling stroppy) only to be constantly cut off as soon as the call goes through - i can hear them talking to each other!!!!! :arghh: I have found the following: 2.3 What are the limits for customs duty and import VAT? Commercial consignments of £18 or less are free from customs duty and import VAT. For example, goods purchased over the internet with an intrinsic value not exceeding £18, will not be charged any duty or VAT but this does not include alcohol, tobacco products, perfume or toilet waters, see paragraph 2.5, 2.6 and section 3. If you are sent a gift with a value of £36 or less, and which complies ,with the rules shown in paragraph 2.4. it will be free from customs duty and import VAT, but this does not include alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and toilet waters. Customs duty becomes payable if the value of the goods is over £120 but duty is waived if the amount of duty calculated is less than £7. There are a number of other circumstances where relief from some or all customs charges may be available. If you think your goods may be eligible for a relief you should contact the Helpline for further information. top ^ 2.4 Gifts Goods sent as a gift that are over £36 in value are liable to import VAT. Customs duty also becomes payable if the value of the goods is over £120 but is waived if the amount of duty calculated is less than £7. To qualify as a gift: the customs declaration must be completed correctly the gift must be sent from a private person outside the EU to a private person(s) in this country there is no commercial or trade element and the gift has not been paid for either directly or indirectly the gift is of an occasional nature only, for example, for a birthday or anniversary. Please note if you purchase goods from outside the EU to give as a gift to a relative or friend, whether or not addressed to that person, is treated as a ‘commercial consignment’ for which the import VAT relief threshold is £18 (paragraph 2.3 refers). top ^ 2.5 Do gifts of alcohol and tobacco products qualify for relief from import duties and import VAT? NO. Excise duty is payable on all alcohol and tobacco products regardless of whether they are a gift. Oh, and to top it all, she arrives here on Monday for a 3 week holiday so i should have just held them till she arrived! So, in future i will be sending several small parcels, all under 18 pounds in value or otherwise just lie about the value!! Rant over Cheryl
  2. whoiam

    Birthday parties and gifts.

    Hi Guys, Just wondering how things are in Oz with regard to birthday parties for kids.Do they tend to have parties with school friends like here or is it just a family thing? Also what kinds of gifts do you buy for your kids friends for their birthdays-- is it much the same as here like toys, bags girlie stuff, books etc. I tend to buy gifts within £20 the max. Is there a comparable figure there? Any info gladly received. I also tend to buy stuff and hoard during the Claires sales and they make handy presents so could actually bring some stuff over if needed.
  3. Just wondered if you had wrote your Chrissy present shopping list? I must admit this year I have no idea what to buy any of them:nah:
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  5. Hi, Can anyone help me with a query on sending parcels home from Oz and vice versa? I'm emigrating to the Hunter Valley on the 27th of September and would like to send parcels home as gifts for my friends and family. I'm aware that there are certain things that I can't send or receive (such as certain foods) but can we send dairy products such as chocolate? I've read somewhere that if an item has a dairy content above a certain percentage then it can't be sent from or received in Oz. Does anyone have a list of prohibited items to hand? Also, who would be the best couriers to use either in the UK or NSW? I'm also a bit baffled about how much sending a package would cost, obviously sizes differ but just as an idea does anyone have a ball park cost on say a shoebox sized parcel? Thanks for reading my post, my mum is adamant that she wants to send me little presents from home and keeps asking me the same question!
  6. Guest

    Gifts from Oz

    We are trying to get as organised as possible for our return home to Ireland in December[rather than the last minute chaos we normally go for]. I would like to buy some gifts to bring home for family and close friends and the kids would like to bring a few pressies for their friends too[9-12yr olds]. Which pressies would go down well do you think?No point going down the Aussie t-shirts and boomerang route as we have brought them over before.Can anyone think of any gifts that they have brought over and were well received? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  7. fraser355

    Gifts for Parents

    Hello we emigrate next month does anyone have any ideas of nice gifts we could get for our parents, thought of the obvious being photos, any other ideas? Thanks in advance
  8. Guest

    Leaving gifts for friends?

    My 2 girls would like to give their close/best friends a gift when they leave for Oz. They are 7 and 12. Any suggestions?
  9. Guest

    import tax on xmas gifts

    hi all can enyone tel me if there is tax to pay on xmas gifts as wee are going next week and taking our kids preseys with us and also preseys for other family that live in oz, all items are stil in boxes, im just a bit wored about import tax. thanks mick.:jiggy:
  10. Guest

    Sending gifts to UK

    I was thinking about Xmas and birthdays for family back home and wondered how others went about getting pressies to loved ones?
  11. Guest

    ideas on gifts?

    Hi, Just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas for gifts to get people before we go. You know, family and very close friends who don't want us to go! Trying to think of something that might mean something...........
  12. Dawny

    Gifts and excuses!!

    :embarrassedxmas:Ten Things To Say About A Christmas Gift You Don't Like 10. Hey! There's a gift! 9. Well, well, well ... 8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would've fit. 7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement. 6. Gosh. I hope this never catches fire! It is fire season though. There are lots of unexplained fires. 5. If the dog buries it, I'll be furious! 4. I love it -- but I fear the jealousy it will inspire. 3. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the Federal Witness Protection Program. 2. To think -- I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity. And the Number One Thing to say about a Christmas gift you don't like 1. "I really don't deserve this."
  13. Guest

    Gifts from home

    We are coming out to visit my boyfriends uncle who moved out to australia about 20 years ago. I was just wondering if there was anything from england you can't get over there which we could bring as presents?! thanks!!
  14. Guest

    Sending gifts home

    Hi Just wonder if you can recommend any sites that send gifts back to the uk either Oz or UK based. We have our daughters birthday this month plus her engagement next month (dont ask:arghh:) I know about M&S but my friend sent family pressies from them beginning of december & they failed to get them. Janette
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