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Importing cigars?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by I get around, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. I get around


    Joined: Jan 14, 2009

    Posts: 4,325

    I've always bought my cigars in the UK but am looking to get some from the US, they seem to be a lot cheaper.

    I'm just wondering what sort of hammer the government will hit me with on import duty, it's about $210 worth of cigars in total, a box of 25.
  2. TFleming

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 6, 2009

    Posts: 2,127

    Location: Redcar, Cleveland

    Import duty from the US is high, not sure how high but I remember my economics teacher telling me although they look cheap they slam a lot of tax on.
  3. lord filbuster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2007

    Posts: 1,322

    You'll be looking at about £40 duty, which seems to be 26% on tobacco, then another £30 on top for vat. You may have to pay excise as well, i don't know how they calculate that though.
  4. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,119

    Location: West mids

    Then the fees added on by the courrier to cover their paper work which if its RM is £8
  5. Tomsk


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Overground, underground..

  6. aproctor


    Joined: Apr 26, 2008

    Posts: 4,078

    Location: Lincolnshire

    You would be better off to buy a cheap humidor and go to spain once a year.

    No extra taxes and cigars are about 1/3 of the price.
  7. monkentage


    Joined: Dec 7, 2004

    Posts: 964

    Location: England

    Swiss websites. They don't declare the packages properly so they usually always get through customs.
  8. monkentage


    Joined: Dec 7, 2004

    Posts: 964

    Location: England

    I had a charge for 19 singles that cost ~ £60. 40 for the tobacco + VAT + handling. Luckily the postie delivered the package instead of the little red note.
  9. stoofa


    Joined: Mar 4, 2003

    Posts: 11,589

    Location: Chatteris

    Yes, because customs always believe what is written on the outside don't they?
    Do you know how much trouble the owners of said Swiss website would get into with their own C&E for doing such a thing?
  10. monkentage


    Joined: Dec 7, 2004

    Posts: 964

    Location: England

    My previous two packages were declared "Swiss Cadeux" with "20e" entered for value. The two before that didn't even have CN22s.
  11. ~Divine~Wind~


    Joined: Jun 14, 2004

    Posts: 15,743

    Location: Newcastle U/T

    Can anyone recommend a site base in EU?
    Lookin at nabbin a few after my mate brought a random assortment over from Switzerland.

    Actually thinking about it any decent stores to buy from and I can just send him lol