I honestly think every parcel is x rayed by UK Customs and based on that duty / VAT is charged.
Cigarettes sent to me from the US when I was in the UK - Charged. I gotta proper demand note from HRM Customs.
I saw a documentary about Customs in NZ and it was pretty clear everything is x rayed to prevent drug smuggling
Probs a technical issue of declaration.
Distinguish as HKD - HMRC sometimes assumes $ means USD even if from HK (as my godson’s Mum found when Pat delivered a birthday present a few years back...)
Our leaving shipment also included some items first “exported” to HK when we left Blighty 21 years earlier: declared it all in 8 page long schedule to get our ToR for all our stuff, with approx value (including our rescue dog (!), and again later when we decided to ship our car). We got our unique reference number back from HMRC in <2 weeks in height of last summers’ expat departure phase (and quicker for the car) against warnings of all shippers of the current backlog.
HMRC ranks above all creditors, not renown for compassion or sense of humour.
Hope you get a refund - good luck!
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I readily admit I was unaware of the forms that I should have filled in. What with all the other pressures of packing, moving, leaving I really didn't consider it.
What is odd is they only intercepted 1 of 5 boxes in the the shipment. It appears they have charged us 20% VAT on the value we put on the box. This was a rough guess value and tbh I thought it was for Post office insurance purposes.
The box they stopped and charged had very little of value in it. The ones that were delivered with no question were the ones more likely to have things which might be considered valuable/taxable. I think it was just a random selection and a random charge.
Anyway sent off all the forms and info now so here's hoping.
The Covid situation is keeping us here. Sometime next year we will give up residency here for the U.K. I have amassed a lot of expensive stuff here like cameras etc and wondering if I should sell them else need to pay some import tax.