Mic52 wrote: Hi I imported Harvoni from India to U.K. 5 weeks ago and have today received a reminder from FedEx that I have an invoice outstanding of £55.97 for duty and tax?!!
Can someone advise if this is a genuine invoice or a scam as I wasn't aware that I had to pay any additional costs once I had made my purchase.
Yes, this is normal. In the UK, you have to pay VAT on everything you buy. Usually this is handled by the seller, so the price you see in the shop is what you pay, but it already includes the VAT. Same thing for anything you buy from within the European Union - the seller will have already paid the VAT. And thanks to being a member of the EU (maybe not for much longer after Brexit), you don't have to pay VAT on anything you buy from europe because the VAT is already paid by the seller.
But for importation to UK from outside of the EU, the UK customs assume that no tax has been paid by the seller. And since UK customs often don't really know the pre-tax value of the product, they usually charge VAT on the value declared by the shipper. But if the declared value is less than £15, then UK customs will not charge VAT on it.
To be completely honest, and for insurance purposes, it is always wise to ask the shipper to write the correct value on the shipment.
But if I was buying something that the NHS could not afford to provide after all the National Insurance contributions that I have paid over 30 years or more, I wouldn't much care about insurance or VAT
[little ps. for any HepC victims in the UK who voted for Brexit: I hope you realise that you will soon probably have to pay VAT on all that nice French wine that you will soon be able to drink after you have cured yourself with imported generics
Diagnosed Jan 2015: GT3, A0+F0/F1. Fatigue + Brain-Fog.
Started Sof+Dac from fixHepC 10-Nov-2015. NO sides.
Pre-Tx: AST 82, ALT 133, Viral Load 1 900 000.
Week4: AST 47, ALT 58. VL < 15 (unquantifiable).
Week12 (EOT): AST 30, ALT 26, VL UND
Week16 (EOT+4): AST 32, ALT 28, GGT 24, VL UND
Week28 (EOT+16): AST 26, ALT 22, GGT 24, VL UND
Ever grateful to Dr James.
Relapsed somewhere after all that... Bummer!
Jan 2018: VL 63 000 (still GT3).