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Closed to new members » Our work is done. » 04-7-2021 2:22 pm

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Since there is no longer free movement of goods our work here is done.

The forum will remain for social purposes as long as it does but for existing members only.

The forum is suddenly getting bombed out with spammers using VPN's making it impossible to detect who is legit and who is not. I've deleted 11 today alone plus 1 that escaped the net and posted shite.

Thank you all for your past contributions. The site will still be monitored but only on a night watchman basis.

Best Regards

eezy

Speakers Corner » Tobacco » 08-6-2021 10:41 am

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Shaky wrote:

Well my stock of bacci will run out prolly about August so that'll be us going cold turkey and stopping https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons2/crying2.png
. There is no way I'm gonna pay the best part of £30 forra pouch of bacci and what with all the horror stories of counterfeit shite doing the rounds, white van man ain't gonna get any of my custom.

Best of luck.

I stopped buying abroad when I was told to stop drinking 18 months ago. Meant it was not viable to go just for smokes.
I went on to the cheapest brand at Asda and there was hardly any difference. They have since gone up in price but so have prices in Adinkerke.

We miss the trips though.
 

General Discussion » Anybody got any news? » 22-2-2021 1:18 pm

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One of my other interests is wristwatches. Seen lots of horror stories there and elsewhere about import taxes.

One of the biggest problems is that people are unable to calculate what it might be and when the goods turn up at the door with a demand for tax they say no thanks I'm not paying that. Then they can't get a refund because the seller says they are not paying for the return. So, if say it's a £100 purchase the option is either pay tax and carrier's handling charges or they are going to lose their 100 quid.

Your point about car parts - I ordered 5ltrs of engine oil from Euro carparts a while back. The despatch note was with it and it had been flown in from Germany to Heathrow. dread to think what that would cost now, probably double the price. 

I notice ebay are adding the duties and vat on final sale price for EU sales so at least you know what you are paying.

General Discussion » Anybody got any news? » 21-2-2021 5:13 pm

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Anybody been through customs since Brexit - anything to report?

General Discussion » Declaring goods bought abroad. » 25-1-2021 8:53 pm

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Shaky wrote:

So, if I understand this right Eezy, white van man will now start travelling from NI to peddle their wares ! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons2/big-grin.png

Ah yes but....you remember our Colonel Gobshite Boris saying there would be no borders between any of our nations?.....well there is! The EU border is now in the Irish Sea and not between Ireland and NI. So you would be subject to the same checks coming from NI as you would from France.

I'm waiting to see what happens when a NI resident gets stopped at Dover on his way back home from the EU. My interpretation is that they can not cross the British border with more than the duty free allowance. The fact that the goods are in transit is irrelevant without some kind of duty suspension paperwork but that is for commercial importers. But then again I'm not sure that NI residents generally know they can bring back unlimited goods from the EU.
 

General Discussion » Declaring goods bought abroad. » 25-1-2021 12:55 pm

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Obviously we are still feeling our way around the new controls on goods you can bring in to the UK but one point worth mentioning is if you have goods over your personal duty free allowance and wish to declare and pay duty on them, you should do this online prior to arriving in the UK, up to 72 hours before. If you turn up at Customs and offer to pay your goods could be seized. This applies to non-excise goods also. Once paid you are entitled to go through the green channel.

The exception to this is travellers to NI. Residents of NI are still effectively members of the EU and can still bring in whatever they want as per the old rules.

General Discussion » Happy new year » 13-1-2021 7:14 am

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NoMoTax wrote:

Happy New Year to all, I know, a bit late.
2021 will be interesting, one of the things I am interested in is the ability to go on "day trips" to France as a foot passenger grabbing duty free ( 250g tobacco and other stuff ) but we will see.  In a perfect world, I would not smoke at all.  Good luck all and really many thanks for helping me over the years.

Hi NoMo, glad all is well and Happy New Year.

It will be interesting to see how duty free pans out and in particular whether or not they will apply duty assessments and penalties. My belief is that a fixed penalty is applied to duty free contraventions (pre Brexit) but no duty clawback is allowed. 

Could do with a comment on this from Turbulentupstart who is usually abreast of the tax side of things.
 

General Discussion » Happy new year » 31-12-2020 10:29 pm

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Piotrek

Thanks and Best Wishes to you and your family. I hope this Brexit has not caused too much disruption in your life.

Not been a particularly good year healthwise for me, nothing life-changing but I'm coming out of it now so looking forward to better times.

Good to hear from you old friend.

Happy New Year

eezy

Smoking Hot. » RIP Message from N2D » 26-12-2020 2:25 pm

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It is with great sadness the admin team of N2D announces the passing of our co-founder and mentor Smoking Hot on 23rd December 2020.

He passed away peacefully after a short illness at home with his family and close friends watching over.

Those of us  who had been privileged to meet him in real life will vouch for the energy and courage he displayed when fighting the injustices meted out by HM Customs. He was an inspiration to all of us who continued the fight for justice.

SH was always up for a party and lived life to the fullest. In fact he lived up to his own saying of ''better to burn out than fade away''.

Sincerest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

eezy....

Help Section » Duty assessment and wrongdoing penalty query » 13-12-2020 9:07 pm

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Can't advise without a bit more specific info.

Regardless of 1st offence they will nearly always issue a penalty if you have had goods seized. This is usually a percentage of the duty ''evaded'' and can be quite substantial.

The other type is a fixed penalty usually issued for having in excess of duty free allowance.

They will often issue a questionaire before issuing a penalty in the hope that you'll declare any previous misdemeanours - ignore it, it's like asking for other offences to be taking into consideration ( for which they will have no evidence!).

General Discussion » Tobacco by post » 03-12-2020 11:29 am

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I think you've been very lucky - long may it continue!

The rules make it almost impossible to get deliveries from abroad legitimately:-

The retailer has to notify UK customs he is sending excise goods and include the duty payable. You cannot do this, it has to be done by the retailer. He then has to calculate the duty free price in his own country and add UK duty. You send payment, he sends goods. Additionally he would then have to claim back the duty he has already paid in his own country.

It's a bit like bringing in goods from say, The Canary Islands, where you would have to go through the red channel, declare them and pay the duty.

Free movement of goods only applies to goods literally being carried through customs by the owner and (currently) from an EU state. As I say, long may your good fortune continue.

Preparation is everything. Don't be caught out and lose your goods. » help needed goods taken » 30-11-2020 10:32 pm

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So that's 25kgs of baccy. At 60 rollups per pouch = 30,000 cigs. Even smoking 60 per day you're looking at about 17 months worth of cigs.

It's a lot of baccy and it depends how lucky you feel. It's all about convincing the mags you are going to smoke that much baccy. 

In this instance I feel that if you did win the case BF would appeal the decision. That has happened on one occasion before with about 22kgs if I remember correctly. 

Problem is if you don't win the case you're on for £2.5k court costs, £7.5k duty liability and a hefty duty penalty as well.

It has to be your decision how you want to go.

Preparation is everything. Don't be caught out and lose your goods. » help needed goods taken » 30-11-2020 9:29 am

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It will only cost you £2.5k if you lose and we are not in the habit of losing!

Although, I can't help you further without knowing some details like, quantity, who said what and reasons for seizure etc

General Discussion » TRAVEL » 23-11-2020 8:11 pm

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Travel and non-essential trips are not currently permitted in France, unless for very specific reasons. You must download and fill out a Travel Exemption Certificate stating your reason to travel.

I believe you will also be stopped at the Belgian border as similar restrictions apply there.

General Discussion » TRAVEL » 22-11-2020 11:09 pm

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Had no feedback at all. All I know is most of Real Tobacco shops are open but not the 'Original' at Addy. Pidou Calais is closed but not the others.

Preparation is everything. Don't be caught out and lose your goods. » help needed goods taken » 04-10-2020 10:14 am

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It doesn't matter too much about the notebook.

First off you need to send off a Notice of Claim (NOC) within 1 month of the seizure. Send it ''recorded - signed for'' especially in the current climate of mail chaos.
You also need to apply for a SAR to include a copy of the officers notebook. The last we heard, you could apply online. Plenty on the forum about SARs.

What were the reasons quoted on your paperwork for the seizure?

General Discussion » end of an era » 01-10-2020 8:26 pm

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Chances are you will only encounter French Douanes on the motorway just inside the border. usually you will see them on the way up to Addy. In which case use the canal road back to Dunkirk. It's not foolproof but in my experience they usually go for Brit regd vans.

General Discussion » Crown court fails in its duty. » 01-10-2020 8:19 pm

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Shaky wrote:

Crap news Eezy https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons2/crying.png
 This country we live in always leaves me in disbelief when you hear stories like that.

It's like me saying "I know how to join telecom cable wiring so I should be able to fix somebody's arteries !

If you're in a job, you should know ALL THERE IS TO KNOW about that job, especially when someones livelihood could be affected by it.

Fkn judiciary make me piss https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons2/angry.png

There was a prelim hearing by telephone, the evidence bundles were handed over, it wouldn't have taken the judge long to scan through in private and acquaint himself with the regs.

Unfortunately it leaves a bad impression of the English judicial system with those who are not UK born.
 

General Discussion » Crown court fails in its duty. » 01-10-2020 2:00 pm

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The only outstanding case we have went to Crown today and we lost.

It would have been nice to go out on a win and in fact, previously, we had a 100% success rate at this court. But this case has been beset with problems.

Firstly it has repeatedly been delayed from November 2019. When it finally got to court today it was with a judge who appeared to have no knowledge of Customs & Excise regulations.

The judge told the barrister ''we are in your hands'' and repeatedly asked for her guidance. I suppose we have to be grateful that this is only the 2nd time we have had a judge who didn't know the law but this does not help our member who is now faced with a hefty bill and no recourse to further action.

 

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