On March 10, 2016 the US government raised their de minimis value on imports from $200 to $800. It is now possible for UK businesses and individuals to send goods valued below ~£600 to the USA free of US import duties and taxes. With no VAT on non-EU sales, many shipments to the USA are now completely free of all duties and taxes.
This provides UK e-tailers and businesses with a great opportunity to sell goods to US consumers. Through World Parcels a New Yorker can now order a product duty free from the UK and receive it the next day via UPS, DHL or FedEx! Wow, we really are moving towards a global village!
USA has joined Australia in setting a relatively high de minimis value on imports. Australia charges no import taxes on goods valued up to A$1,000 (~£550). Sadly the EU and UK still charge duties on all imported purchases valued over a miserly €22 and £15 respectively. Come on Brussels get with the programme! ;)