No VAT at all on imports under a certain value.
Rules changed AGAIN a few days ago.
New Notice 143:
£0.01 to £135 No Customs Duty
No Import VAT
It was gonna be impossible to enforce the collection this end, because who and how the hell would you check all those packets?
So how could they check the VAT had been paid with Chinese, US and Rest of World goods ?
Did the UK suddenly have a Million new inspectors at the ports, or the Royal Mail was geared up ready and waiting to cope with collection, or to deal with appeals over mistakes ?
Explains why nothing happened on ebay on 1st January that adds VAT to the listings for auto collection at the time you paid..
Yes it appears we can all breath again!