I am in Europe, will I pay taxes, how does taxation work in practice ?
Effective since 1 Decembe 2008 commercial goods sent by mail to the EU are free of import duty up to 150 euro ( raised from 22 ). However the VAT should theoretically still apply.
From our buyers' information rarely taxes are to be paid for small amounts of plants in postal shipments. Obviously there are many parcels and they can't be opened all for checking. Envelopes are also a very safe way of shipping satisfactorily fast, registered or not.
Below a tax payer in France deemed that there were three situations on a forum in 2006, at a time when import duty was levied under 22 euro ( instead of 150 since December 2008 ):
1) Seller declares a value above 60€ and parcel is EMS, taxation has a 80% chance of being applied.
2) Seller declares a value above 60€ and parcel is Small Air Parcel, taxation has a 40% to 50% chance of being applied.
3) Seller declares " Gift " on the parcel, value is above 60€ and parcel is sal or Small Air Parcel, taxation has a 0% to 10% chance of being applied.
Si ton vendeur écrit le prix réel sur le colis et que tu prends en EMS, c'est à quasi 80% DTC surtout si le prix dépasse 60€.
Si ton vendeur écrit le prix réel sur le colis et que tu prends en SAL/air mail, c'est à quasi 40 à 50% DTC surtout si le prix dépasse 60€.
Si ton vendeur écrit "gift" sur le colis et que tu prends en SAL/air mail, c'est à quasi 0 à 10% DTC si le prix dépasse 60€.
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