Originally Posted by Andy-Pandy
I asked amazon about this
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I have a question in regards to the improt fees deposit
BalaNaveen:Hello, my name is BalaNaveen. Welcome to Amazon.com! I'll be happy to help you today.
if i pay the import fee deposit, but still have to pay a charge on delivery, can i get a refund. look at post 8 on this thread
is it a double payment
the import fee deposit is $36.95 but this person still paid €19.50 on delivery
BalaNaveen:Amazon Export Sales will estimate and collect an import fees deposit to certain destination countries.
These funds will be used by the carrier or another agent to pay the import fees on your behalf to the appropriate authorities when your package reaches the destination country.
The estimated import fees deposit will be displayed in the cost summary on the last page of our online order form, just before you submit your order.
Me:what happens in the situation i have given an example of above
BalaNaveen:So, that's only the estimate we charge you on the order,andrew. If the charges are more as decided by the destinated country,you'll have to pay more. That isn't considered as double payment.
Me:ok, i just wanted to confirm this. so if i order the kindle i can expect to pay an extra 19.50 on delivery. is that correct
BalaNaveen:As I informed you, the charge depends on the fees your country charges you. What we charge you on the order is only the estimate,andrew.
Me:ok, thanks for your help
It seems that the estimate is actually short on what the real amount is. Im gonna order it anyway. Cant wait.
Doesn't sound right at all. Was the bill/receipt for €19.50 total or was it a greater amount minus the $27.30 (~€20) paid by Amazon. The estimated value for import fees seems spot on.
VAT is calculated as 21% for imports
Euro value of the kindle + shipping ($129.98) is approximately €95
21% of €95 = ~ €20
Amount charged by Amazon (in euro) to cover this ~ €20
If there was any excess to be charged it would be minimal, in the region of a euro or two at most.
Get back in contact with Amazon and don't let it rest, otherwise you're paying close on 42% tax for the item
Figures broken down here: