Shipping to UK and Customs

sunflowerhx

Rookie
Hi,

Anyone from the UK have any experience in shipping a racket from TW?

What about Tax and Custom Fees?

Anyway to avoid it?
 

bumfluff

Semi-Pro
Well the way to avoid it is to mark it as a gift, but that obviously is slightly dubious and not sure how it affects you for returns.
 

Dave M

Hall of Fame
Well the way to avoid it is to mark it as a gift, but that obviously is slightly dubious and not sure how it affects you for returns.
You still have to put a value on it and thats what they calculate, an expensive gift can get taxed too.Sometimes you just get lucky and it passes through others ypou get caught with vat, import and a parcel couriers clearance fee.
 

chess9

Hall of Fame
Yes, it's a crapshoot. Regardless, goods imported from the USA are cheaper by about 20-40% compared with buying in England.


-Robert
 

sunflowerhx

Rookie
Its a pain, TW should consider setting up a distribution centre in Europe to overcome this problem.

There's nothing like TW in Europe so potentially alot of customers for them.
 

forzainter

Semi-Pro
well, i once bought some stuff from TW and got a letter saying i had to pay £25 to pick it up from the post office
 

Jonnyf

Legend
I've never had problems and thats a few rackets (not just from TW aswell) + numerous items and have most time got through "cheaply"
 

zoobears

Rookie
does the type of delivery make a difference as well? i tried fed ex priority shipment and it took like 2 days only to the uk! i bought an agassi LE, a demo o3blue and a griptape...

i want to buy again but im worried i might get caught by customs... is there a minimum worth that will get taxed or something?

when i did my order it reached the uk at 12am at night. maybe customs dont work through the night?
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
I have had several things sent over. My packages of strings got caught every time. About £20 on a £120 of string each time.
My first racquet got caught and charged about £30. My other two racquets both got through without getting "taxed". It just seems to be a crapshoot.
 

zoobears

Rookie
thats annoying. how can customs operate so recklessly. uk should be a damn rich country since we get taxed even for a can of coke.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
The impression I have gotten over the years is that if you go DHL/UPS etc...you will get done for sure. If you go post you have a 50/50 shot. It doesn't seem to matter what they put on the package.
 

ofey

New User
I once tried something else:
Get the company you're buying from to state on the customs decleration the value of the item, say US$199 for a Wilson K Racquet. Then under description state Warranty REPLACEMENT. So technically it's still worth a certain amount which you can claim from your postage insurance but UK customs can't tax you anymore as this is supposedly a replacement.
 

Feña14

Legend
I had to pay quite a bit for them to hand over the racket when I used TW (nearing half the value of the actual racket itself)

The way I got around it the next time was to get TW to send the goods to a good friend from the boards who lives in America (I won't say who incase he gets bombarded with similar requests) who then sent the rackets out to me marked as "gift" so had no problems.
 

sunflowerhx

Rookie
I bought a 2nd hand racket from a member of this forum.

He declared it as a Gift, Second hand racket, $35.
Used USPS, arrived 7 working days - no fees or VAT.

Might have be lucky.
 

ericsson

Hall of Fame
I once tried something else:
Get the company you're buying from to state on the customs decleration the value of the item, say US$199 for a Wilson K Racquet. Then under description state Warranty REPLACEMENT. So technically it's still worth a certain amount which you can claim from your postage insurance but UK customs can't tax you anymore as this is supposedly a replacement.
Very interesting!
 
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