Re: [] Re: Shipto - Custom declaration

Neoklis Kyriazis

Thanks Jan!

I will keep this info to use next time, assuming I will again import anything! ;-)

Best Regards
Neoklis - Ham Radio Call:5B4AZ

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:07:10 PM GMT+2, Jan Verduyn Jan.Verduyn@... [ody-sdr] wrote:


It is very important is to have the correct Harmonized Commodity code  (HS Code) for the imported goods stated in in the Custom’s declaration for your COUNTRY. If this is not done then the Custom officer concerned can use their discretion which how they class the goods if no HS code is provided.


Please note that HS codes change in time especially for Electronic equipment.

For example 8525 2080 900  used to be the correct description for the importation of Amateur Radio Transceivers in 2005-2010 of Elecraft K2/K3 transceivers and no import duty was payable. Of course VAT was charged.

however that category is now no longer a valid HS code in the UK.    used to be very helpful. Although a commercial organization they allowed you

to make two enquiries to find the correct HS code and the duties payable in a variety of countries worldwide without charge.

Unfortunately this service is no longer available.


I am currently using HS code 8525.60   for which the description is:  Transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus.
This item is currently zero rated for import duty but of course 20% VAT is payable as well as the clearing fee.


For import of parts or sub-assemblies look at 8529 and select the correct sub category.

The above is just for information,   I happily stand corrected if anybody has more accurate information.












From: ody-sdr@... [mailto:ody-sdr@...]
Sent: 11 January 2018 17:58
To: Sid Boyce sboyce@... [ody-sdr] Subject: Re: [] Re: Shipto - Custom declaration



>Hi Neoklis,

>That's quite a steep customs charge.

Yes, and thats not all! When I came home and looked up the details on the

customs receit, I realized to my surprise and anger that they classified it

as "digital radio and casette player"! Really! There never was such a thing!

And I declared it as a "digital wireless receiver" as I had previous trouble with

ignorant customs and government officers, who refused to give me import

permit for my FT847 transceiver because they said, its a wireless set and it

could receive police transmissions! It stayed in customs for three months

till I wrote a nasty letter to the relevant minister. Only then I got it out!


That was years ago, when AO40 was launched and the FT847 was the new

kid on the block. Later I tried to import a receiver kit for the 137MHz weather

satellite band and had the same trouble: ministry of communications officials

refused to give me import permission because they said they had no idea

what it was and what I wanted it for! Imagine, they were supposed to be radio

engineers with high qualifications and in charge of radio comms regulation!


After a few weeks I threatened them that I would write to the minister again

so they reluctantly gave me the permit. Then customs charged me 7 pounds

for the delay and 40% duty because they said they had no idea what it was so

they classified it as FM broadcast receiver to be on the safe side! As a comms

receiver it should have been 0%. And this is apparently what they did again

with the odyssey, they picked a classification with high charges in case they are

blamed for not charging enough!


At least in our republic the bananas are very tasty because they are an old

variety with smaller fruits...


I can only blame myself for thinking that in this day and age and with all the

computerized sytems thay now have that they could do better. Next time I

will take my glasses with me and read all the details ;-)


>Here in the UK there is a customs code for Amateur Transceivers that is

>much lower. I'll see how it works out when I hear from

Lucky. Here transceivers and radio comms still have a dark cloud over them.


>David replied to my question regarding the max voltage, +13.8V exceeds
>the limit and said it should be +12V max..

Thank you for that, I will have to reduce the supply's voltage from the preset.

I will look up the available documentation soon.


I apologize for my long rant but the whole affair has been very annoying.


Best Regards
Neoklis - Ham Radio Call:5B4AZ


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