Straw Hat Pirate
Has anyone who has ordered before been hit for import tax on their stuff? I don't want to make a large order and then be hit with a massive bill from the Royal Mail. Thanks!
Except on most smaller orders the "handling fee" RM/Parcelforce charge for simply holding your parcel until you pay (was £8 last time I got hit, has probably gone up) is far more than the actual tax. Considering they hold parcels at the depot for free if they aren't subject to tax and you're not in to collect a parcel, that strikes me as a bit much. As Shiroi says, it's basically a charge for putting a sticker on the box telling you to pay. Given that we've heard in the last couple of days that certain couriers (I'd love to know which) charge £35 to deliver a loaf of gluten free bread to a hospital, their profiteering clearly knows no bounds.Aaron said:To be fair, only part of your charge goes to Royal Mail...HMRC have off with the rest.
Shiroi Hane said:It's especially galling when you are just over the limit. I once had to pay the duty and VAT (and why exactly so they include the postal charge when calculating this anyway?) on a delivery that was accidentally about 50p over the limit. The handling fee was more than half of what I paid for the order in the first place.