Saturday, 22 May 2010

Custom Duty on Parcels from Guernsey

Guernsey is part of the Channel Islands and is not technically part of the UK.

It's allegiance is to HRH but it runs its own affairs.

Have a look at this page:

and especially here:

"under the UK's accession treaty with the EU, Guernsey forms part of the single market but is outside the EU fiscal area"

Therein is the point. It appears that HMV can use it for shipping to the UK as there is a double taxation arrangement but to the EU as a whole Customs Duties appear to be applied.

I am surprised there is nothing about it on the HMV website.

For the purposes of avoiding this in future make sure that you order from some outfit like or that is fully resident within the EU proper!!!!!