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How to declare and prepay excise duty on cigars ordered from abroad
I hate Parcelforce, I import fairly often, it really irks me when I need to pay the ?13.50 clearance fee on ?4 duty. They seem to have a really tidy contract in which they pick up what feels like 90% of items coming in, plus it tends to add at least another 2 days onto your package arriving. Once upon a time I'd often have a knock at the door with someone who would take the cash for the duty owed, with no extra trimmings.
Although, how you're pleased with paying ?105 ontop I'll never understand! That'd leave an unpleasant sting for me.
The Parcelforce charge is completely unjustified it should be no more than ?4.00 on any transaction. Yet there is no way to challenge it - It's simply a tax on import parcels they receive.
Parcelforce are animals. I'm still trying to get a package from them from before Christmas. They wanted to charge me ?19 worth of taxes plus their handling fee on a package of ?11 worth of soap!!
They seem to have carte blanche to do whatever they want with your parcels and charge you for the pleasure. You have 10 days to respond but if you wish to contest they can take 6 months (and counting) with their thumbs up their arses.
If I was as incompetent at my job I wouldn't expect to be able to turn around to clients and say "There's an extra charge of 122% of the original work due to me not knowing my arse from my elbow. Ta"
In response to this message you can keep the goods and pay the duty for the weight of the box, or you could decline the goods as rejected import and let customs burn them.. Should you choose to reclaim duty, u need to complete a H&E 1179 form NOT A C285 form..
I got caught up in this mess, nothing explained before, and I was footed with a 400 GBP invoice and had to pay regardless of the goods being returned to sender. HMRC did not believe my case, and my appeal was crushed for a refund of 400 pounds. I appealed again, only to be declined in a tribunal court. So I wish you ever success, but word of warning, don't buy overseas, its too costy.. at 400% the price of the goods in DUTY!