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Door-to-door Delivery from China

Question from one of our subscribers:

Hi,

I am in the process of ordering some toy items from a supplier in China, and they have given me a quote for delivery and I am enquiring as to whether this is about right or whether I should steer clear?

I have been in touch with a few UK freight forwarding companies as well, awaiting quotes now, but the supplier has given me a quote via UPS Air, and said would be with me, to my door, within a week (not including production time).

My order is a total of 12 boxes – 61x45x31cm and 13kg/each, and 1 box – 25x20x15cm and 3kg.

I have been quoted $800 for the delivery, and they say the only other charge I would incur is duty and VAT, which I was already aware of. Does this quote seem about right, or it is too good to be true?

If this is correct, at what point do I get in touch with HMRC to declare the items, they are toy items, so have 0% duty, but the usual 20% VAT, and how do I pay them?

Are there any pitfalls I should watch out for when dealing with companies in China?

Thanks.

Answer:

Hi!

Price seems to be cheaper for airfreight, but it does not necessarily mean there is anything wrong with that. You should just ensure/double check with them that this covers delivery to your door.

Additional info: If goods are for your own personal use, no need for an EORI. If they are for your own business or to be re-sold, you should apply for an EORI. No need to be VAT-registered.

 

 
 
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