Import Duty - I have refused my delivery.

Andreas Kostyrka andreas at
Fri Aug 3 14:16:43 CEST 2007

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Some thoughts:

1) you are responsible for import duties, no external shipper can know
the import duties for all territories, and so take the risk.

2) Furthermore, it's slightly unusual (if at all possible) for the
sender to pay the import duty.

3) Import duties are legal, and not really avoidable.

4) While computer stuff has 0% import duty in the EU, you need to pay
the VAT on the import. No idea what the VAT level is in the UK.

5) Refusing the delivery doesn't imply that you'll get the payment back.
Especially the sending costs have already occured, and to get your phone
back to Taiwan it will cost again money.


David.Prior at wrote:
> Just thought you all might like to know that OpenMoko shipments are
> attracting import duty in the United Kingdom.
> Despite paying USD104.99 for 'expedited' shipping, my order arrived with
> a demand for GBP57.19 in import duty. This should either be factored
> into the shipping charge or, as these devices are technically 'computer
> peripherals', described as 'computer peripherals' in order that they do
> not attract import duty.
> I have REFUSED my delivery and it is being returned to the depot and,
> presumably, will be returned to sender.
> I either want a new shipment that does not attract import duty *or* I
> want a full refund.
> I know these are developer releases but I would have hoped that OpenMoko
> would have sorted out the international shipping issues properly.
> I'm annoyed!
> David.
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