Monday, 9 November 2009

Need some help please fabric lovers

The money I made at my craft fair is burning a whole in my pocket and I want to buy some fabric before it all gets frittered away on dull stuff like paying bills so I've been checking out some fabric websites. I am now officially in love with this website FABRICWORM in the USA. The fabric is just so gorgeous and SOOOOO cheap compared to here. Now my problem is last time I ordered some fabric from the USA I got stung for import duty which made it as expensive as buying it here. I'm sure I've read somewhere that if you stay under a certain limit you don't have to pay any import duty?? but I can't remember where I read it or whether I just made it up! Can anybody help? I've tried doing searches and looking at the customs website but to be honest I'm losing the will to live reading through pages of boring info none of which seems very relevant to what I want to know.

Forgot to say I was approached at the craft far about possibly being featured in a new sewing magazine called Cloth. Not sure whether it will happen but its a really interesting magazine about fashion and sewing with projects to make, interviews, reviews and stuff to win etc. As a new magazine they seem keen to hear from people with ideas and suggestions for the magazine so maybe some of you talented people might want to get in touch with them? Theres a website too so check it out.....




9 comments:

  1. I believe the allowance is £18 (including postage) before you have to pay additional customs on it - but do check as the rules may have changed.

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  3. i've bought lots of things from the U.S. and yeh it can be very expensive! I have always stuck to a $100 limit, because i think you pay an additional 17.5% tax on anything above that. Remember you do have to pay a parcel force clearance fee of about £20-25? (once it arrives in the country (you get notified of this through email) although i think that may be if you go over $100 though? i can't quite remember? sorry i couldn't be more specific!? good luck! and well done on the magazine exposure thats great!!

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  4. Yep, it's £18 and they're enforcing it much more now than they did a couple of years ago. European fabric isn't as cheap as US fabric but you don't have to pay customs / duty on it so it's something to consider! If you do order fabric from the States I recommend getting either small amounts under the £18 limit from different places or a all of it from a single seller as the Royal Mail charge a handling fee of £8 for each package. So a $35 package has not so much customs / duty (less than £5) but has £8 Royal Mail charge on it which adds more than 50% to your original purchase! Don't get me started...

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  5. Can't help with the importing, I know what you mean though.They do some great trimmings too.
    I just wanted to say well done on the magazine. You clever thing. Hope it comes off.
    Rachael XX

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  6. Oh I love the fabric on that site, but can not cope with all the add on costs, I just look it is like Fabric Porn!!!

    Can not wait on the magazine, it is about time there was a decent sewing one around

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  7. Hi, it's £18. I stay under £17 to allow for the dollar exchange rate to fluctuate. It shouldn't include the postage cost, should only be the value of the parcel. I always email to make sure they will only put on the value of the contents - customs go off the value the sender puts on the customs label.

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  8. This is my favourite UK site of the week...

    http://www.fabricrehab.co.uk/

    (sorry Mr Bank Manager) xxx

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  9. Yes, I bought already some too, not handmade and some are books.
    Alfazema

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