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Buying from Europe. Any duty tax?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Timbo21, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. Timbo21

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    Hello all,

    I'm considering buying from Switzerland (reputable buyer). Projector will be
    £500 cheaper than here brand new.

    Seeing as it's EU country will I get any import tax on it? Cost of pj will be £3000.

    Tim.
     
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    Timbo21,

    Switzerland is not a member state of the EU. I'm not completely certain, but I think its bilateral agreements with the EU only extend (broadly speaking) to things like free flow of cross border taffic without systematic checks on individuals, fraud, taxation of savings income for EU domiciled citizens, and regulation of responsibilities for asylum applications, not to the free movement of goods.

    Within the EU, goods from one Member State enter another Member State free of import duties. If VAT is paid in the originating Member State, then no VAT is payable in the receiving Member State. Excise on alcohol and tobacco other than for personal consumption is a different issue, and not really relevant here.

    I'd be inclined to check with the apropriate tax authorities (Customs and Excise ?) what if any import duties would be payable. Normally import duties are levied on the landed value of the goods (including the delivery cost) then VAT is charged on top of that and there is normally a customs clearance charge by the handler, i.e. the courier (DHL or whatever) or the Post Office.


    Sean G.
     
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    I live in Switzerland, and I have to pay Swiss VAT (7.6 percent :smashin: ) when I buy stuff from the EU (last thing, a Yamaha receiver from Germany).

    So you'll get 7.6% deducted from the total price and then you'll be charged UK VAT and customs, just as if you bought eg from pricejapan.

    BTW what and where are you buying? Just curious ;)
     
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    Switzerland is NOT a member of the EU so you would have to pay tax on importing anything from there if it's cost exceeded the tax free limit.
    Good news for you is that the amount you can import tax free went up to £1000 (it was about £160 I think) in yesterdays budget. However I'm not sure when that takes effect nor what the position is if you import a machine costing more than that amount. I imagine you just pay tax on the balance but you should check with Customs and Excise
     
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    Just to be clear: The tax free amount (both current and new proposed amount) are for when you personally bring something into the UK (i.e. you AND the goods come into the country at the same time).

    There is no tax free amount for when you import something you do not physically bring into the country yourself.
     
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    pdundas - that sounds right to me
    Just checked in the paper about the changes, the old limit was £145 and the increase is only a proposal at the moment and subject to EU ratification. This could take ages, in fact it might be so long the Panasonic freeview/hard drive recorder might happen first. It could take that long!
     
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    It's not worth it then. I saw on ebay.com brand new screenplay 7205 for
    just under £3000, but once you add on VAT it'll be another £525, so I'll forget
    that idea. Was exciting at first though. :(
     
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    Why not checking german sites? i think they have very good prices also
    J.
     
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    The seller's in Lugano. Ask him if he can send it from Italy. ;)
     
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    So, if it came from Italy I wouldn'y have to pay any tax or additional costs?
     
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    That's right.
     
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    Thanks for that. :)
     

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