Chapter 1 and Taxes
This is a resource for people who are using DHL Express for the first time, or who have received a delivery fromDHL. We hope you find it useful.
You don't have to be a business person to be an exporter or an importer.
As Internet shopping becomes more popular, what is often not understood is that as soon as you hit the returnkey to purchase a product from another country, then effectively you become an importer and become liable forduty and VAT payments.Customs Advice for Internet Shoppers
What goods are subject to duty & VAT?
All goods imported into the UK from outside the EU must be declared to HM Revenue & Customs and in mostcases, are subject to Customs duty & VAT. This includes goods bought over the Internet.
It's not always about the purchasing!
If someone sends you a gift from abroad that is over £40 in value, you will also be obliged to pay the duty andVAT unless the person who sent it has agreed to pay it themselves. Likewise, if you are the person sending youneed to remember that if you don't take the time to include the proper invoices then your shipment could be heldin customs or the person you are sending to may be charged too much duty and VAT.
The bottom line is:
If you are sending goods out of the European Union (EU) you will need to prepare aPrepare aCustoms Invoiceand if you are receiving a shipment you need to know that there could be duties on top that may be billed afterthe shipment has been delivered.
Have you received an invoice for the first time?
If this is the first time you have received a duty & VAT invoice from us then you may have some questions thatyou’d like answering before you pay it. This could be an unexpected bill and you may be unsure what it is or howit is calculated.These charges are levied by HM Revenue & Customs and have been paid for by DHL Express on your behalf inorder that we can deliver your goods.The following invoice number prefixes all denote import duty and VAT related charges: HMC, CFS, C18, HRC,XTRI.You may also be charged import duty & VAT on an invoice with a prefix of a 3 letter code representing a DHL UKService Centre, followed by the initial ‘I’ and 6 digits e.g. ABZI765432, BHXI876543