Avoid duty fees when importing from China
When shopping at Aliexpress from the UK, US and other countries there normally is a limit before goods are chargeable for VAT. I will list the VAT limits for different countries. If you avoid the VAT you will also avoid the customs clearance fee which the greedy companies such as DHL, Fedex and local delivery companies charge. This fee can be anything from 15-30$ depending on the company declarating.
These limits only count if you are shipping goods and not if you have been on holidays and take home goods physically. Excise duty is payable on for example tobacco and alcohol.
If you think I have the numbers wrong in your country, please let me know so I can change them! If your country is not on the list, please write the custom policies in the comments area and I will list them.
List of VAT limits
Goods over 31 AUD are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee
Goods over DKK 80 are liable for VAT.
Higher if it is a gift but don’t expect they will believe you.
The CIF value, i.e. the sum of the value of the goods, shipping and insurance cost, does not exceed €22.
The amount of VAT payable on a consignment does not exceed €6
Goods over 2941 Jpy are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee
Goods over 188 NOK are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee
Goods over 1509 RUB are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee
Goods over 22 € are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee
Seems to be complicated – Go to http://tullservice.se
Goods over £15 are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee.
Gifts over 35£ are liable as well.
Goods over 24$ are liable for VAT and Customs Clearance Fee.
This counts for most of the countries I get visits from. I will, however, keep updating the list every time I learn about other countries duty and import policies.
If you need to find the exact amount you have to pay in import duty, taxes and fees you can calculate for free here
Alternatively you can visit www.dutycalculator.com which have all countries listed but they charge money. You have 3 free duty lookups per day, though.