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Old 19th December 2013, 07:51 AM
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Hi all,

I am hoping I may be able to get a quick answer from someone on here before the Fed Ex guy returnd around lunch time today.

I sponsored a new toy''s development in the USA last year via Kickstarter and paid $79 plus $15 International delivery for one of the first production models. They delivered it yesterday for my daughter but the Fed Ex Guy had an Import Tax Demand for 46.25 Euros.

He had a note in Spanish saying it had been opened by customs and they had assessed it as owing that amount in import tax.

His parting statement was "No Dinero, No Parcel". I really want it for her for Xmas so will pay it if need be when he returns today.

I have contacted the company but have not received a reply yet.

Does anyone know if this is normal or correct?

It seems ridiculous to me as it is about 75% of the cost of her gift again on top.

If I pay it and it is wrong, is there a way I can get the money back?

Sorry for the lateness of this post, but I just thought of asking on here.

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Unfortunately they are asking for more & more 'import tax' from stuff coming in from the states.
Many people locally have been complaining & most now have stuff sent to the UK , where it is still possible that you'll have to pay but less likely. Then it is sent on from there to here. You are lucky the postman brought it . The main complaint here is that people just receive an email from Madrid stating the goods are there, tax due & to pay before theywill release them from customs.
As to getting it back if wrong ,I'd say you'd have a hard job.

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It wouldn't surprise me if most of the money they want is various FedEX fees. FedEx (and UPS) normally tack on various brokerage fees to clear customs. On a low priced item these fees can end up being more then the tax and duty.

You should ask for a breakdown of the cost. If it's mostly FedEX fees not much you can do about it now.

If you know how it was shipped then try surfing over to the FedEX website and search for the fees. It may take a bit to find them but they should be on the website. Different shipping methods tend to have different fees for brokerage. The lower cost (slower) methods often have fairly high brokerage fees.

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Unfortunately you'll have to pay up if you want the package. You'll owe 21% VAT tax to Spain and the rest will be fees paid to FedEx for dealing with customs for you. Yes, it's a rip off. No, there's nothing you can do about it.

It is so totally not worth it to ship things in from the US (or from anywhere other than the EU).

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It can be worth it depending on what you get but in general it's just a pain. I have worked it out before and some items you would still make a significant saving by flying to the US, paying for extra luggage and VAT at customs.

But yeah, you have to pay it no if's or but's.
Still at least it doesn't sound as if it's as corrupt as Belgian post, often you would be paying more than the value of what it was as that was their assessment.

Knowing that some people despite my protestations have still sent thing from Australia to us for Christmas I make a point of having at least 100 euros cash on me this time of year.


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Hi All,

Thanks for your swift replies. I have just received it and paid as you assured me is was not a scam (not an illegal one anyway)!

It appears I have paid 79% import tax in total (after converting dollars to euros and working it out) as well as $15 Postage. Hopefully she will be happy with her present. Lesson Learned!

Thanks again for your responses.

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Hi Again,

Having just looked through the factura he gave me and doing a rough translation, the have given the true value in one box on the sheet as $79, then further down the sheet they have a Value Adjustment of +84 euros ( is this their opinion of it being worth more than I paid? Surely not). Then a declared value of 140.40 euros, IVA 29.90 and Admin charge of 13.30. They should be flying the Jolley Rodger above Customs House. Feeling robbed!

Oh Well, it will soon be Christmas.

I hope you all have a good one.
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( is this their opinion of it being worth more than I paid?
Yes. It's the result of people under declaring. The broker can put a higher value on the item.

I guess you could try to challenge this but it might not be worth the time.
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Unfortunately you'll have to pay up if you want the package. You'll owe 21% VAT tax to Spain and the rest will be fees paid to FedEx for dealing with customs for you. Yes, it's a rip off. No, there's nothing you can do about it.

It is so totally not worth it to ship things in from the US (or from anywhere other than the EU).
It can be expensive when it comes to import duties and customs charges. This is nothing new either here or the UK. I was Postal manager in the UK and dealt with many queries on import duty. The forms that accompany the item should explain the duty owed and the customs charges. I had several people refuse to pay, because of that, the item was returned to sender.
Some US firms use European companies so to avoid import duty. Years ago a company in the US called CDnow, if you ordered and American CD or DVD, to get round the import duties, they would have the items sent through another EU company, so avoiding the import duty

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I just had the same "value adjustment" done to my house. They didn't believe what I paid. This is such a crock, and it's what we get for being honest.

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