Most of the Micron products are dispatched to U.K. addresses via 1st Class
Signed-For Small Parcel with a flat
fee of £5.00 (+VAT within EEC = £6.00).
Small, low-value orders are sent 1st Class without a signature required
and the postage fee is £3.90 (+VAT within the EU = £4.68).
Although it seems most unfair, the HMRC rules require us to add VAT
to the postage charge.
Orders which are exceptionally bulky or heavy (e.g.
aircraft kits) often cost more to send than the value-derived postage
charge added to the shopping cart. In this case, we contact the customer
to explain the shipping options and charges. If the actual cost of shipping
is more than the customer feels is justified, we are happy to cancel
the order and make a complete refund.
If the actual postage cost is less than added in the
checkout total, the excess will be refunded. This is done, for example,
if the order will fit into a Large Letter padded bag.
Shipping outside the U.K.
- Micron does not charge VAT on orders for destinations outside the U.K.
The recipient is responsible for paying any VAT and duty via the
local postal agent.
- The 'standard' shipping charge added during checkout may be insufficient
for orders containing heavy or valuable items.
We will contact you by email if the shipping cost added to your
order is substantially lower than the actual
cost of airmail or if insured and tracked airmail is advisable.
- Please contact us by email
if you want an exact shipping cost before placing an order.
The Micron web site uses the Paypal shopping cart and this
is unable to handle different shipping costs for
destinations outside the UK,
so the standard UK charge of £5.00 (plus VAT for EU destinations)
is applied automatically.
This used to work as the cost of a standard airmail lightweight small packet
to most international destinations was about the same as a UK signed-for
However, international shipping rates have been steadily
increasing, exacerbated by the low availability of passenger flights
due to the Covid-19 crisis.
We are no longer able to absorb the cost difference which, in some cases,
amounts to an additional 20%-30%.
When the actual cost of airmail for your order
is substantially greater than the
amount for shipping added to the shopping cart, we will contact
you by email to present the options and prices for shipping
via standard airmail, tracked airmail or fully insured and tracked airmail.
Please ensure that the email address registered to your Paypal
account is correct.
The available airmail services are:
- standard airmail
- this has no tracking and the insurance cover is £20.00
- tracked or signed-for or tracked and signed-for airmail
- the status of tracked airmail can be queried using the package
reference we send when your order is scanned before dispatch;
signed-for airmail has only a confirmation of delivery;
all have an insurance cover of £50.00
- insured airmail
- this is an optional service which can be added to any
of the previous airmail types; the maximum insurance cover
For order values greater than £250.00, we will also present
details of DHL, FedEx or UPS shipping when we send the email.
IOSS, a EU-wide system for handling VAT and duty on imports came into use
on 1st July 2021 - IOSS = Import One Stop Shop.
This allows a vendor to add VAT and duty amounts
appropriate to the destination country.
Our use of the simple Paypal shopping cart does not make implementation
of IOSS easy but we are investigating ways in which we can use IOSS
with minimal administration overhead. Until then, we do not add VAT or
duty charges to international orders.
Ad Hoc Items & Shipping Costs
Use input field below when Micron have advised that a special
shipping charge is required or you wish to purchase an item for
which there is currently no web page.
Enter the amount as advised by Micron and click on the 'Add to Cart' button.
Information on shipping Lithium based cells and batteries (e.g. LiPo or LiIon)