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    Import tax duty

    Has anyone recently ordered their watch from either Hong Kong or Japan and paid a duty fee when they have gone to collect their parcel?
    I have seen a few examples of watches I would consider buying on eBay for example but I am conscious of how much additional money would be involved which of course influences my decision of whether or not to buy one.
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    Macspite has plenty of experience of this
    I've ordered plenty and have yet to incur a charge....
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    I've bought 4 watches from Japan and never been charged duty

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    Thanks for the info guys.
    Good to know.
    Garrard Automatic gold watch
    Rotary GS03351
    Accurist 482483 (not working)
    Casio Phys STR-300
    Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS + HRM

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    Quote Originally Posted by rutteger View Post
    Macspite has plenty of experience of this
    I've ordered plenty and have yet to incur a charge....
    Eh, someone call my name, sorry, been asleep.

    So far I have had no problems with imports from Singapore, Japan, China or Hong Kong. If you are buying from the US expect to pay VAT, import duty and collection charge on anything that arrives, very occasionally something sneaks through under the radar but most packages from the States get caught. Channel Islands attract HMRC attention too
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    Also got stung on a Casiotron from from Korea , Duty + £15 Admin Fee , ended up paying double.

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