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As far as I am aware, Duty is paid at the point of purchase, should regulation require. So... Duty for an item made in country C, is paid for by the company, in country D, which makes the contract and receives the goods.

Any subsequent purchase from the same company in country D, by a person in country B, is only subject to Customs, Excise, due to arrangement with country D.

The contract between the company in country C and the company in Country D, is complete in payment and excise, any further ongoing is no business of country C..

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I can see that MSL will want to get the lowest cost service to them for deliveries. The thing to watch out for, and they will need feedback from us on this, is what charges the receiver pays on top of the 9 euro we pay MSL. So if FedEx go in and say to MSL we will charge you 7 Euro whereas DHL charge 8, if Fed Ex then charge us 10 Euro in charges vs ParcelForces 8, then it's costing us more (7 + 10) vs (8 + 8) - ie FedEx would literally buy the UK delivery business from MSL because they can more than make up the 'loss' they on the MSL side. In that case I would rather pay MSL the difference between their DHL - FedEx cost than have MSL use Fed Ex.
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David
Perhaps this is why Amazon and many of the suppliers offer a variety of payment / postal choices?

Discounts for a sole operator may not be as advantageous as first perceived.

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I've experienced the MSL with FedEx delivery process four times now and apart from one occasion when they claimed they couldn't deliver due to roadworks when the Amazon guy turned up ten minutes later, they have all gone fairly smoothly. The last one actually arrived a day earlier than the estimate. The main issue seems to be the tracking system. A friend of mine has been less fortunate though, he had one parcel sit in the Dartford office for several days before they then sent it back to Germany for no apparent reason
Umm, how very encouraging... [not you, of course] but the attitude displayed by Fedex. Compared to the efforts of the Royal Mail system and other good carriers, they don't register on the scale.

Others leave notes through the letter box, detailing their action should they be unable to get someone at the door, or including a picture of where they may have left an item.

I know where I prefer not to send any of my valued items through.

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