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UK customs fees ?

ChrisPlatt
Posted 15/02/2019 - 02:02 Link
I would like to send a working older (1960's) Pentax 35mm SLR with lens to a friend in UK as a gift.
It is in nice but not collector condition; 50 claimed value would probably seem reasonable.

Typically will recipient be required to pay duty, VAT or other charges on something like this?
If so how much? I do not wish to send a gift with burdensome charges associated.

TIA,
Chris in New York
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pschlute
Posted 15/02/2019 - 03:59 Link
ChrisPlatt wrote:
I would like to send a working older (1960's) Pentax 35mm SLR with lens to a friend in UK as a gift.
It is in nice but not collector condition; 50 claimed value would probably seem reasonable.

Typically will recipient be required to pay duty, VAT or other charges on something like this?
If so how much? I do not wish to send a gift with burdensome charges associated.

TIA,
Chris in New York

I think 38 is the correct value for your gift. See here https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty
danofmk
Posted 16/02/2019 - 12:43 Link
Is there anything to pay if its a gift?

Could you just put nominal value on it?
pschlute
Posted 16/02/2019 - 14:04 Link
danofmk wrote:
Is there anything to pay if its a gift?

Could you just put nominal value on it?

Above 39 you pay VAT on the whole value.
Edited by pschlute: 16/02/2019 - 14:05

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