Calculate Import Duty & VAT
Import duty is a tax that the importer has to pay to bring manufacturerd products into their country. Import VAT (Value Added Tax) is a tax charged on imported manufacturerd products and services.
Duty and VAT are calculated as a percentage of the value of the imported products. The Duty & VAT charged depends on the product value, freight & insurance costs.
For importing into the country, duty and VAT are normally due when a minimum value threshold of £15 is reached. Duty is not paid on consignments shipped within the EU.
Import duty charges change depending on the type of products; many products are duty free. Relief from duty and VAT may apply in special cases. Also, in some cases additional duties may be charged, depending of the country of manufacture of the goods.
The importer, not the exporter, is charged with the amount due. The tax is usually collected by the courier company and passed on to customs. Most couriers charge a handling fee for this.