Does anyone have a good U.S store that will ship to the UK and/or good UK stores that don't care 3 times or more the price of VFFs in the US? Perhaps I need to get to know someone in the U.S to send me some
The only remaining online store in the US with reasonable shipping fees that I know is CrossroadsOnline
. They ship to Europe for $28 (≤$100) $35 (>$100, ≥$200), $40 (>$200...).
As for the customs, I had to pay customs duties sometimes, but some others didn't have to. The main drawback isn't the VAT applied (18% of the CIF value which includes shipping fee) but the fixed customs duty management tax (€30.90 + €5.56 VAT).
I wonder whether there's a tax-exempt/tax-free upper limit of 150 euros based on those shipments I received which I wasn't asked to pay customs duties for, and this piece of information I found in Wikipedia:European Union
The basic customs law is harmonised across Europe. This includes customs duties and restrictions. Customs tax from 150 €. In addition, see regulations of each Member State
However, I wasn't able to find the answer here: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/index_en.htm
Perhaps somebody else with more knowledge on the topic or more used to perusing in this kind of documents may find it out.