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How to work out import duty & VAT

When importing an item, you may be charged import duty and VAT.

The import duty is calculated as a percentage of the customs value of the goods.

The customs value is made up of:
+ the price paid for the goods (sales tax included);
+ the insurance cost;
+ the shipping cost.

The VAT is calculated as a percentage of the customs value plus the duty paid. Certain minimum thresholds apply, below which no import duty or VAT is due. Also some items are duty free or have reduced VAT rates.

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