Customs duty & VAT situation in UK


#1

Does anyone know what the customs duty and VAT position is for Soylent received in the UK?

Typically, VAT is 20% and not payable on foods generally, but whether Soylent counts as food, medicine, luxury item or anything else, I don’t know.

Customs applies to lots of goods purchased outside the EU over a certain amount, but again, on food?

If anyone has information on this I’d be very grateful, since VAT and/or customs also incur brokerage fees, and this can be prohibitive, e.g. I recently ordered an electronics item from the US for $89, and the VAT + brokerage came to $38!


#2

One chap did a bit of reading up here: http://discourse.soylent.me/t/uk-soylent-import-duty-vat/12488

I’m not sure if we’ve got confirmation from anyone who’s reshipped Soylent to the UK. I’m trying to gather details on that: http://discourse.soylent.me/t/are-you-using-a-reshipper-to-get-soylent-in-the-uk/19561