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Wondering if anyone has any experience of a similar situation.

We received a parcel from abroad (India). A gift from relatives. No something we asked for but of course v welcome and gratefully received.

We have now received (6 weeks later) a bill from DHL for VAT + other charges. About 20quids effectively (parcel was valued at 50quids).

It's the first time we've been in this situation though it's not the first time we've received parcels from India. I assume previously a different courier was used.

So just looking at the legalities of this:

I don't  believe we signed anything with DHL upon delivery or otherwise so I don't think we have any contract requiring us to pay. Neither did we order any goods, the goods were unsolicited and of an unknown value.

I am wondering therefore if there would be any statute/law requiring us to pay but it seems unlikely given we didn't order the goods/didnt know the value etc.

Surely a request for VAT/fees should have been made before delivery of the parcel not after.



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its probably the supposed import tax 

you'll get scary letter from control accounts next


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