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I don't have to pay any VAT or sales tax
Posted by: freeradical
Date: June 29, 2020 09:58AM
I ordered a couple of big heavy hardcover books that are coming from the U.K.

The shipping was a surprisingly small $5.

Will I have to pay customs duties on my purchase somehow?
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Re: I don't have to pay any VAT or sales tax
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 29, 2020 10:43AM
Many countries offer a 'media rate' shipping option for shipping books that is WAY cheaper. When I was in Germany I shipped a box back to the US and made sure to include a Lilliputian German/English dictionary in the box to make sure it qualified for the book shipping rate. It was about 4cm x 4cm x 2cm.



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Re: I don't have to pay any VAT or sales tax
Posted by: Gareth
Date: June 29, 2020 10:56AM
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Will I have to pay customs duties on my purchase somehow?

Doubtful. I’ve never paid any duties on my int’l personal purchases. For work, however, when we are ordering thousands of dollars of high end wardrobe, we have been hit with duties.
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Re: I don't have to pay any VAT or sales tax
Posted by: JoeH
Date: June 29, 2020 11:06AM
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ztirffritz
Many countries offer a 'media rate' shipping option for shipping books that is WAY cheaper. When I was in Germany I shipped a box back to the US and made sure to include a Lilliputian German/English dictionary in the box to make sure it qualified for the book shipping rate. It was about 4cm x 4cm x 2cm.

Under USPS regulations the entire contents of the box needs to be eligible for the media rate. Just including a book like that is not enough, and would result in postage due fees being charged if the box was examined.

I expect the same holds in most other countries postal systems.



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Re: I don't have to pay any VAT or sales tax
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 29, 2020 11:25AM
Probably, but I was in Germany and claimed ignorance. I got away with it.

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ztirffritz
Many countries offer a 'media rate' shipping option for shipping books that is WAY cheaper. When I was in Germany I shipped a box back to the US and made sure to include a Lilliputian German/English dictionary in the box to make sure it qualified for the book shipping rate. It was about 4cm x 4cm x 2cm.

Under USPS regulations the entire contents of the box needs to be eligible for the media rate. Just including a book like that is not enough, and would result in postage due fees being charged if the box was examined.

I expect the same holds in most other countries postal systems.



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