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Samantha Red

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Has anyone out there in the UK bought either a ring or stone from an online vendor such as James Allen or Whiteflash?

If so,could you please explain how it worked and what happened with regard to customs and excise

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RockDoc

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I''ve previously shipped diamonds from sellers to the UK and other international locations after being sent to me for verifcation etc.

Essentially, the package is shipped with the appropriate documents declaring the values. These values are used to determine the amount of the taxes, Vat, duty etc, that you are subject to paying.

You pay the amount due when you go to get the package, generally at a Fedex office, but MIGHT also be a customs office.

Hope this helps answer your question....

Rockdoc
 

Maisie

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I spoke to Customs and Excise for when I get my ring sent to the UK.

For a Platinum Diamond ring I was told the costs would be:

VAT 17.5%
Import Duty 2.5%

This is based on the total cost of your ring + the shipping costs.

Hope this helps
 

Mrs Mitchell

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I''m in the UK and I''ve bought a few things from PS vendors. I have to pay a customs charge at this end. The delivery company pay the charge to get the item through customs, then deliver it to you once you pay them. Adds a couple of extra days delivery time. When I bought studs from WF, the customs + VAT was £179 (value of the purchase was around £900) to give you an idea of the additional cost.

Still a better deal than I could have got locally!

Hope that helps.

Jen
 

Maisie

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Mrs M - when you bought from WF did the parcel come to your house or did you have to collect it at the shipping company? I know that in the US they have to collect the parcel.....
 

Mrs Mitchell

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It came to my house, and (naturally) I was out, so they took it back to the depot. I called and asked them to re-deliver it to my office the next day, which they did and I got my perfect little studs half way through the dullest meeting I ever attended. That was nice!


Fed-ex use local couriers for the last part of the journey (from their depot) if it''s outside a major town, I think. One of the small advantages to living and working at the edge of nowhere!

Jen
 

Maisie

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Thank you for replying. Its really helpful to hear from someone over here who have used WF.
 
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