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  • Paying import VAT/customs duty on gift for my UK recipient

    I am a US resident and I sent a package full of gifts (some candies, a couple toys, a couple comic books, a second-hand t-shirt) to a friend who is currently in the UK for university. The package is currently awaiting UK customs clearance, and as I understand it, if there are monies due, that the UK will notify my recipient of the costs to be paid so they can receive my package. I was wondering, if and when it is determined that there are monies due, is it possible for me (the sender) to pay those monies instead of my recipient?