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Duty and Tax Invoice

  • 19-02-2021 2:51pm
    Registered Users Posts: 114 ✭✭

    I recently purchased something from an American website. The cost of the order, including shipping, was about €50. I had ordered from American sites before and remember paying for customs afterwards and it wasn’t much.

    Today I got a letter from Fedex requesting me to pay €120 in fees. Is this legitimate? How can it cost so much?


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,571 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Phone Fedex and ask for their calculation basis - but if there was no invoice provided with the item they may have come up with a value.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,046 ✭✭✭silver2020

    If there's no invoice or if the invoice is obviously under declared (a lot of chinese sites do this), a reference value is found online, standard shipping costs applied and then the vat / duty is calculated.

    The item must have been very cheap as shipping with fedex from the USA would be about €50 even at a decent discount