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There's a notice up in our local RM sorting office which advises that there is a handling charge for anything with a customs involvement. IIRC it's about £8. This is probably included in the total you have been quoted and so explains the high charge you mention. If it doesn't, you're in for a nastier shock when you get to the counter


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QUOTE I still paid £17.48 on £60.00 pounds worth. To me that seems more than just VAT.
Imported goods are subject to excise duty which can range from 0% (ie no duty) to whatever. The rate varies according to the description of the goods.

Taking a simplistic approach because VAT is charged on the original price + excise (yes this is paying tax on tax and is an everyday occurance, just ask your friendly forecourt fuel retailer) we can estimate the split between VAT and excise as follows:-

17.5% on £60.00 is £10.50 which leaves £6.98 as the excise charge. £6.98 / £60.00 gives an excise rate of ~11%. A rough correction (6.98 / 1.175) for VAT on the excise suggests a rate of 10%.

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