For UK Buyers: A Warning on Royal Mail Customs Duties, VAT & Handling Charges
I LOVE shipping to international buyers. This year alone I have shipped to 58 countries - mostly to Canada, UK and Australia. But of all these countries, I have noted that I receive disproportionately the most complaints (~ negative feedback) on Customs duties and charges from UK buyers. I am writing this guide to give UK buyers an idea of what to expect when an item from the US goes through UK Customs.
DISCLAIMER: I am not an authority nor do I have any knowledge on UK Customs laws. I will only be sharing my experience with a US$9.95 item that was returned to me from the UK unclaimed... and it had a sticker with itemized Customs/Postal charges of £12.68! No wonder my buyer never claimed it.
Following is a picture of the back of that returned package with the charges.
Here is the front of the package with the green US Customs Declaration Form (PS Form 2976) that I filled out for it.