Recently (since Brexit?) the UK tax law has been changed to require foreign online retailers like AliExpress to charge UK VAT @ 20% at the point of sale.
If an order is placed for > £135 then as well as having to pay VAT, import duty must also be paid, based on the trade tariff/commodity code of the specific product.
Is anything stopping someone from placing lots of orders for £134 each, thereby not requiring the payment of import duty? I.E. is this legal?
The UK tax office, HMRC, states that they’re unable to advise about legality.