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  • Why was I charged VAT and excise duty?

    I ordered some yarn from Hobbii, a seller located in Denmark but with a UK website - paying in GBP. I know lots of people who have ordered from here recently and never been charged. The order came to £45.90 but I was charged £9.27 VAT and 89p excise duty. On the customs label it says ‘Customs charges are applied to imports into the UK with a value over £135 for VAT.’ Also why the excise duty? It’s yarn, not cigarettes or booze. I’ve been trying to research this but the information is not very clear/vague or just contradictory.