Saturday, 20 July 2013

The plain daftness of Customs and Excise.

I have recently discovered Monaluna, and their organic cotton.
Gorgeous designs, gorgeous colours and alot cheaper to order from the USA than within the UK.

But customs and Excise, in their wisdom, have slapped a paltry £15 limit on the amount of goods I'm allowed to ship in before being clobbered by customs duty.  Not to mention the Royal Mail handling fee.

That's £15 per order, so if I get a job lot of material sent in one package, I'll be stung.
However, if I make more than one small order, that's fine - nothing to pay.
And the postage from the US is - bizarrely - cheaper than a supplier I use in the UK!

Customs and Excise do not make things easy!

Apple, a large owl cushion,  made with a gorgeous organic cotton by Monaluna.


  1. At least the postage is cheaper, that's good. Love your big owl cushion.

  2. Thankyou :)

    I've hopefully got some more of that fabric winging its way over from the US.
    I fancy dong a similar owl in an orange and brown colourway.

    Sarah x

  3. Hi Sarah!

    That is crazy! Atleast you've found a loop hole around it all. Would you be able to send me a link? I feel a fabric order coming lol.

    Gemma xXx

  4. Hi,Gemma!

    This is a link to the Etsy shop I have ordered with...

    Sarah x

  5. Thanks for the link to the shop, Sarah. I can never seem to get enough fabrics - especially organic ones. The £15 limit is way too low. I have been stung myself buying a woven scarf from the US and various supplies. One thing I would love to buy is a fabric cutter for making rag rugs. They cost $100s in the first place, and then the shipping, VAT and customs charges just about make them unaffordable. :(

  6. Seamstar also have a range of Monaluna fabrics :)

    (They are UK)