I posted the info from Glasses Direct [see the thread re specs, scrips and reimbursement] international mail order charges thus:
The current customs thresholds for the EU are: Below €22 in value – No VAT or duty will be due. Value is between €22 and €150 – VAT only will be applicable. Above €150 in value – both VAT and duty will be applicable
“Her stock comes 100% from India.” This is indeed a point which gives the lie to Bojo’s claim that The Deal is tariff free.
As in the case where he did not mention that tens of millions of GBP were rebated, against the claim on the side of his but about ‘£350m to the EU - Spend it on the NHS’, so too it has not been made clear that tariff free only applies to items ‘made in UK’
And the list of processes which can exclude a product from being ‘made in UK’ is enormous and amazing.
My pal in UK is trying to make some items in my next and final ex-UK ‘care package’ look used. He’s going to do a bit of soldering with the soldering iron. He’s going to use the 17mm sockets and tommy bar on his wheeel nuts, to justify ‘personal belongings’ on the Customs form. He’s going to cut off any labels or tags which say ‘Made in [not uk]’ I doubt whether pyjama bottoms at £6 pr off eBay were made in UK, considering they were bought from an Asian seller in Manchester.
Sadly, no getting round that the Cheddar cheese and the Oxford Fine Cut marmalade would never make it thru’