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Not sure where to put this!!

 

In short.... You older CAGGERS will know that I'm a Senior Moderator, Vandal Patrol Specialist,

and Root Directory Category Moderator over at WikiAnswers.com...

 

Today I have received an invoice from Royal Mail Parcelforce.......

 

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RMPF tell me that it's a Director's camping chair... From Answers.com.

Answers.com send gifts to their 'staff' indiscriminately and I've just found out that this chair

is worth £65.00 thus the £13 VAT claim. I'm assuming though that US Sales Tax has been

paid on this and that on the CN22 it will be marked as a gift??

 

What sticks in my throat though is the £8 handling fee off RMPF... I'm told that I can

either pay it in full, or they will send it back after 20 days, no negotiation...

 

If I pay and it's a mistake, can I claim it ALL back? If it's NOT a mistake can I claim the

£8 back as a penalty charge as I've neither asked for this item or entered into any contract

with RMPF, their contract I assume is with the sender??

 

Thoughts please??


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I would just sit on it for a while DMD.:razz:

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If all else fails, kick them where it hurts and SOD'EM;)

 

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I have this now from the Mod's Forum.....

 

Hi,

The chair is very well made and nice to sit on. Its value in US $ is stated - on the package I received - in a Customs

Declaration label as $45, which converts to about £28, BUT I think you should dispute having to pay anything

at all because:

a) I strongly suspect that all such duties and fees were paid for in advance. Ask them to look at the label on the package,

Customs Declaration Dispatch Note CP 72, and to read the box in it headed "Postage and Fees" containing the sum of

$59.23 - which is almost £37 here. That sum is an AWFULLY HIGH amount to pay for just shipping a lightweight

package like this over to here.

 

b) You can say you know other UK recipients of the same gift arriving in the UK were not asked for any payment by Parcelforce.

(Perhaps they felt sorry for me as the cardboard box it was shipped in was soaking wet and all soggy at one end... ? Luckily the chair was ok in its plastic bag!)

 

Because you are taking this matter up with the sender - who you are sure has paid all fees in advance for you - why not tell Parcelforce to hold

on to it for next 14 days and then get back to you before anyone sends it back to USA?

 

It's good that Crystal is investigating the problem.


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I always thought that we only had to pay excess duty on electrical items from USA. Probably wrong though. :|


 

 

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I always thought that we only had to pay excess duty on electrical items from USA. Probably wrong though. :|

 

RMPF want Import VAT + handling fee. Not Excess Duty. Almost a certainty that sender has

paid all fee's in advance. This is a worldwide corporation!!! I've also had other extremely nice

gifts off them, fully post paid in advance......

 

RMPF state that I can either pay it or lose it.. Will not get involved with disputes..

 

Can I claim it back if I pay???

If I pay and do a Charge-back what will happen??


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I wouldn't have thought it was a penalty charge Dave. It looks like a charge for dealing with the admin and VAT payment making it a charge for a service. http://www.parcelforce.com/portal/pw/content1?catId=2500042&mediaId=load105044


 

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I can understand your anger Dave.

Maybe wait a little longer for HSBC and Barclays auctions of their head office chairs on ebay if they carry out their threats to b****r off.

Should be some comfy directors chairs from there.

Failing that-theres a few shops in Eccles near Morrisons selling nice office chairs.


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