Just got off the phone with UPS and it’s £737.06. No breakdown of costs as of yet as they said they don’t know until it arrives in the UK. More than I thought. I’ll query it with HMRC later for the benefit of others as I should be able to claim it back.
So online the breakdown so far is Government fees £719.08, brokerage £17.98.
So as a guess…….
I paid $3973 USD for the Glowforge Pro inclusive of shipping. The HMRC exchange rate for March 2018 for USD is 1.3979.
Looked up online and I suspect the commodity code is 8456119000 which attracts duty of 4.5%
4.5%(Duty) of £2842.12 = £127.90
£2842.12+£127.90 = £2970.02
20% (VAT) of £2970.02 = £594
£594(VAT amount) + £127.9 (Duty Amount) =£721.90
Hmm, that’s off by a couple of quid? What’s happening? The duty was calculated today on 1st March, but what happens if I use the HMRC exchange rate for February of 1.4223?
::insert 1980s maths montage music and video::
Well blow me down with an avocado green coloured wash cloth and call me Susan if it doesn’t come to £709.51!
Disappointing, I know after all that build up and you didn’t even have to go through all the extra maths either! So it wasn’t the difference in the HMRC exchange rate change between Feb and March, but I’m sure it’s the exchange rate somehow as it’s so close. I tried using the exchange rate listed by UPS on their invoice yesterday for the proofgrade, but that comes out the same as using the HMRC Feb exchange rate which makes sense?
As an update, the crumb tray and accessories box left Philadelphia about 3 hours ago and is showing as in transit, I suspect to the UK.
The main event however, the Glowforge, still shows as stuck in Louisville, KY with now an exception showing, which apparently is some form of unforeseen event? Oh dear.
Both the crumb tray and Glowforge were together at Louisville early this morning, but have since parted. Sniff Hope they’re not lonely I don’t think they are meant to be separated.
I’m just imagining that the crumb tray is Rose and the Glowforge is Jack and I’m shouting at the screen “THERE’S ROOM! MAKE IT WORK, DON’T DIE!”
And don’t chuck the bloody diamond in the sea, what a waste! Do you know how many Glowforges I could have bought with that thing? A lot less than you would think when you add international duty and taxes
Titanic Movie Trivia,
The final scene with her dropping the diamond in the water was shot after they had finished filming the movie. They had apparently run out of money from the main funding, and were dipping into funds from promotions to wrap a few scenes. My friend was brought in as a PA late in filming. The waves you see in that scene are my buddy standing in the water pushing a 2x4 up and down.
Apparently the fees have already been decided and it’s one fee to rule them all. Not sure if they’ll deliver them separately or not. They have two different tracking numbers, but show up somewhere as one consignment made of two packages.
Old is definitely subjective, mine is some point around 1825, no one seems to know for sure, but it’s when the builder was instructed to start work (not joking). But even for a Britatarian, 1825 is old enough for a house that you’d actually want to live in.
Gosh if they think 30 is old, glad they ain’t asking me my age!
Incidentally, the hole got belayed in favour of a much simpler idea that is entirely more sympathetic to the building…………for now.