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Customs\Vat on child's gift from Uk?

  • 18-11-2021 2:03pm
    Registered Users Posts: 303 ✭✭

    As per title Im trying to figure out of I'm being charged VAT incorrectly by DPD.

    A relative in uk has sent a small parcel to me for my children (containing Xmas jumpers and a few small toys). She declared it as a gift and stated what was inside, she valued it at approx £30 as the 6 toys are only small e.g. Hot wheels car etc. and were a few pound each.

    I've had a request from DPD for customs charges but I was under the impression it should be exempt, can anyone advise?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,150 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    If clearly declared as a gift there should be no VAT charges.

    "Gifts from outside the EU

    You can receive a gift from outside the EU up to the value of €45 without paying import charges. However, the gift must be correctly declared. More information is available in Revenue’s guide to relief available for imports from non-EU countries."

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭Darc19

    It depends on the actual value declared (you say "approx £30") and the cost of the shipping.

    If the combination of this is over €45, then vat applies.

    If labelled correctly eg. "Children's clothing for children under 12 years" no vat would apply to the clothing, but vat would apply to the toys.

    If it does not stated "clothing for children under 12 years" it will have general classification and vat will apply.

    With eur/stg almost at €1.20, then £30 + delivery cost of possibly £10-£12 would see it exceed the €45 level.

    Its the same if you were sending to the UK. Once the value including delivery cost is over £39, vat of 20% is applied.