Buyandship established a network of self-operating (US and JP) and dedicated (KR, CN, TW, AU, TH and ID) warehouses for users to enjoy fast and efficient delivery services. When it comes to shopping online overseas, we know one of the top concerns is getting taxed by the U.K. customs, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
To get a better understanding of the general rule, you can find a brief introduction of the taxation for the U.K. below. Please note that the information provided below may be subject to change depending on government policies. If there are any discrepancies or differences among the information of tax and duty, the information provided by HMRC, or other U.K. government authorities shall prevail.
Prices listed on our website are in the U.K. Dollar (GBP / £).
VAT usually occurs for all goods valued over £39, except excise goods and gifts worth £39 or less. In general, the standard rate of VAT is 20% of the total value of most of the goods and services. The cost, insurance and freight (CIF) plus other chargeable costs and the duty payable will be included in the calculation of VAT. However, you may also need to pay other import duty charges which are imposed by the HMRC if necessary.
CIF refers to the cost of the imported goods, the cost of insurance, and the cost of freight. In general, most of the import duties and taxes payable are calculated on the sum of the CIF and the landing charges.
In general, the VAT of the shipment is calculated based on CIF, which consists of the cost of the shipment value, the freight insurance and the freight.
VAT charged formula = 20 % x (Declared goods value + freight charges + VAT value adjustment £6.25)
Declared value of your goods in an order: £20
Freight weight: 2 lb
Freight charge: £10 for first 2 lb; £4.5 for additional 1 lb
VAT value adjustment: £6.25
VAT charged = 20% x (20 + 10 + 6.25) = £7.25
A: The value of “the goods” is counted based on the total value of a shipment order containing multiple shipments, instead of the single shipment of the consolidated shipment order.
If you ship two goods in a single order and the declared values of the goods are £10 and £20, the shipment order will be counted as a total value of £30.