Asking seller to mark as "gift" to avoid customs charges
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This is very interesting... I picked this up from the HM Revenue and customs site tonight. I always assumed the seller would be held responsible for incorrectly marking an item as a "gift".
"...by law you are the importer of the goods and are legally responsible for the information on the Customs declaration made by the sender and for any charges due. If you buy goods and the declaration is found to be incorrect, you may be liable to financial penalties or prosecution. In addition, the goods may be seized. It is in your interest to ensure the sender completes the Customs declaration accurately"
Food for thought... and definitely worth informing any buyer who asks you to misrepresent the contents of their parcel.
I'm in the UK, by the way. :)
Posted at 7:42 pm Sep 3, 2009 EDT
I always fill in my customs forms honestly. Occasionally I buy from a supplier in Thailand, and they always mark my parcel as a gift even though I don't ask them to. I didn't realise I would be responsible and even liable for a fine. Next time I'll make sure they mark it correctly.
Posted at 7:54 pm Sep 3, 2009 EDT
Agreed, goatmountainarts. I've never been asked (yet), but if I ever am, I'll make sure to refuse, and to point out to the buyer that THEY would be responsible if the parcel was checked - so actually, I'm looking out for them and doing them a favour by refusing ;)
Posted at 8:02 pm Sep 3, 2009 EDT
Yes, it happens frequently. Many times possible buyers say that other Etsy sellers mark as a gift or lower the value. Best advice, do not do this. You are putting your business at a risk. Why risk you hard earned work. We always explain very politely why we can't do this. Best of luck.
Posted at 8:07 pm Sep 3, 2009 EDT