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RE: filmscanners: Buying a scanner - from the US

>> how come. I thought that importing computer bits from the US 
>> into the UK alway attracted duty.

Not any more, it seems. I'd always been told that it wasn't much
different buying stuff in the US than the UK, by the time you'd added on
VAT and Duty. However, I bought a Japanese-spec laptop[1] from the US
which wasn't available in the UK, so import duty wasn't an option. It
was a pleasant surprise when I looked up the duty on the Customs &
Excise page (see my other post) and found that computers and peripherals
are FREE when it comes to duty.

>> I imported some software from the US and was charged duty by 
>> UPS. They even charged me 10ukp for paying the customs. So 
>> buyers beware of the hidden charges.

I believe the rules changed recently. I certainly wasn't charged
anything for import duty by FedEx - they sent me a VAT invoice, but I'll
just be claiming that back.


[1] Imported into the US/UK by www.dynamism.com


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