Until I retired I was involved in the Import/Export business (before you ask, no, not a drug runner or people trafficker) and had regular contacts with HM Revenue and Customs. These people tend to be a humourless bunch while I have what has variously been described as a wicked/sick/evil sense of humour.
On one occasion I had a requirement to export 300 ink cartridges for photocopy machines which I packed up in the normal manner and did my usual copy/paste of the description from the order to the supplier to the shipping documents. I used copy/paste as this avoids any corruption of the description which can cause complications.
Unfortunately, what I didn’t notice was that the order (placed by the buying office, not my shipping people) merely described the goods as “Cartridges” rather than the more accurate description of “Ink Cartridges”.
Off goes the shipment and next day I get a phone call from the aforementioned HM Revenue and Customs. One of their officers wanted to know what sort of cartridges I was shipping.
At this point my twisted (yes it’s been called that too) sense of humour kicked in and I told them “7.62mm, what’s the problem?”
That’s when the problems started because, you see, HM Revenue and Customs, not being famed for their sense of humour immediately put a block on my shipment and it took me nearly 2 weeks to sort out the matter and get the consignment on its way.
So, to the moral. Never attempt to joke with HM Revenue and Customs.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in