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Import duty on generic meds 8 years 6 months ago #4255

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Wasn't sure where to put this topic, but thought here might work.

I finally got around to contacting HM Revenue & Customs last week about the VAT bill I received from Fedex on the Indian Sovaldi that Greg had couriered to me. They told me that the bill is valid, and has to be paid. There is no special exemption for meds imported from outside the European Union. The amount is £82.85.

Import duty on generic meds 8 years 6 months ago #4257

That would pay for about 1/10th of one Harvorni tablet in the U.S.
This is all so crazy....
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G 1a F-1
Started tx 10/23/15 (Meso sof & led) ALT 48 AST 28 v/l 1.6 mil
11/17/15 4 wk lab ALT 17 AST 16 <15
11/18/15 Started Harvoni
12/16/15 8 wk lab ALT: 15 AST: 13 V/l UND
1/14/16 Fin. Tx
7/07/16 UND SVR 24

Import duty on generic meds 8 years 6 months ago #4339

I have been wondering about this myself. Over the years I have imported various things, mostly vitamins from the USA, and I've noticed that sometimes I would get a VAT bill and sometimes not, for the very same goods. On that basis I surmise that UK Customs stop random packages and examine them for VAT eligibility. Of course the higher the declared cost of the goods, the more likely to be stopped. Those Customs guys still need to get their salaries paid. Therefore I'd say that anybody importing meds needs to budget for UK VAT, although they might get lucky on it.

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