Customs & Excise rules in the UK mean that anything over the value
of UKP35 (GBP) attracts taxes of 15%, plus the postman takes the
cash, so the post office levies a charge of about UKP8 or so for
collection, on top.
I have sent dozens of small parcels to the UK and received hundreds.
Our policy is to break up shipments into parcels of value of under
200 GBP and send them UNINSURED and declared as what they are.
Business to business shipments are addressed to the proprietor by
name rather than the name of the business. There is nothing
fraudulent about this because we fill out all the forms and tell the
truth. For some reason, most of the time there are no taxes collected
going either to or from the UK. Maybe it is just lazy customs
inspectors. Perhaps 10 to 20% of the packages will have a tax charge
added. It is a similar percentage each way.
Uninsured is a little scary at first, but here is my experience. I
have had insured parcels go missing and WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL
COLLECTING the loss! Insured packages are always taxed also. Do the
math! If insurance and taxes add 20% (or more)to the cost of goods,
if you loose less than one in five parcels you will come out ahead.
Postal service between the US and UK is very cheap and reliable for
small parcels. My losses for uninsured packages sent this way over
the last 12 years are approaching 0%. My wife insists we did actually
loose one package, bit I am not convinced it was actually sent.
Uninsured, you cannot prove it, which is why I usually will insure
more expensive pieces to retail customers, who are strangers.
Some of my UK suppliers refuse to ship this way. They just cannot
get comfortable with it. But in the end I then have to ask myself if
it is worth it to bear the extra cost. 20% is a lot.