Just a note if everyone is not aware, you now get walloped with duties coming in from the EU, I ordered a lot of bits from SIP and just had a shock with an invoice from UPS for £150, that’s 25% of the invoice value so factor this in.
ive ordered quite a few parcels since Jan but this is the first time I have been charged, I called UPS and they are saying it is the VAT and costs as the parcel is over £135 in value, if it’s under then it’s included now by the seller.
Yep, over £135 (which is now Scooter Center's minimum order) the VAT will be calculated upon arrival.
Now having said this:
UPS/FedEx/TNT have their sh*t sorted and you will get billed. I've just paid £90 VAT+handling on a 400-euro cylinder kit bought directly from Pinasco. The bill came 6 weeks after the package was delivered. DHL/Parcel Force (if you order via DHL it will arrive to you via Parcelforce) seem to just be waving everything through. They say they'll hold packages until payment is made but I've now had over £1000 of parts in 3 different orders from Scooter Center with no VAT/bill paid.
I'm now awaiting another £1000+ parts order from SIP but I intentionally chose DHL just in case I can be 4th time lucky.
So my advice is to expect to pay VAT on arrival, make sure you have the cash to pay it, but choose DHL and cross your fingers!
vesparep1: "why oh why do people keep putting lardy engines in smallies! It's like meeting a lovely small lady, wine and dine her only to find out in bed she has a MASSIVE LARGE FANNY its not right"