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I'm from Brazil but I'll be visiting France in a few days.
While in Europe, I was looking to purchase a piece of professional (test and measurement) electrical engineering equipment. I've researched the possibility of buying it directly in France, but a more interesting (read: cheaper) option came up: buying it in the UK, shipping it to a friend's house there, who would proceed to ship it to my hotel in France by UPS. Even after quoting the cost of shipping from the UK to France, it's still cheaper than buying it in France. The cost of the equipment is about 500 GBP plus VAT.
Now to the question itself: will this parcel incur customs taxes when entering France, and at what rate?
Perhaps this is a weird question and no taxes will be charged, but in Brazil I'm used to get charged quite hefty charges for importing goods from any other country (from 60% to close to 100%, depending on the delivery method).