I am a British student studying Middle Eastern languages in Israel.
Because the items are fairly large and won't fit into my suitcase, I
posted off about GBP100 worth of souvenirs I bought while travelling
around the country to a friend in the UK who agreed to keep it for me
From: Me, ...university address
To: Me, c/o Friend, his address
I declared the value correctly and on the customs declaration IIRC I
listed them as "Souvenirs (mugs, T-shirts, etc.)"
My friend told me that the parcel had a label saying that it was
damaged, and I got a text message on my phone saying that a tax has
been applied by the UK side. My friend has already collected the
parcel and paid the tax.
As I see it there are two issues here:
- Should I immediately claim for the full declared value of the items
(GBP100) while in Israel? I do not know what items are missing or
- Is the claim for damages done vs. Royal Mail or Israel Post? I sent
the parcel by EMS.
- I presume the tax was applied by the UK side as the Israel side
would have taxed me at the post office if a tax applied.
- Are personal items of value less than GBP100 taxable?
- If it is not taxable, how do I reclaim the tax?
Thanks for any advice.
- posted 8 years ago