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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 13th Mar 17, 7:41 PM
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    Buying from the EU and Article 50
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:41 PM
    Buying from the EU and Article 50 13th Mar 17 at 7:41 PM

    A relative has asked me to find an item online. I contacted the cheapest stockist asking them where they send orders from, as I was not certain after looking at their website. They replied that their main warehouse is in Prague, Czech Republic but they have a depot in the UK.

    My relative is likely to proceed with the purchase in the next week or so but does not want to incur any import VAT or other charges as together with the handling fee which would be imposed by the carrier, it would mean they are best off purchasing from an alternative vendor.

    As Czech Republic is a member of the EU, I understand that there would be no charges to pay whatever the order value, even if the order was sent from the company's main warehouse direct to my relative. My question is, would this still be the case even if Article 50 is triggered in the meantime? I wanted to check as I read something about the UK still having to pay for membership until 2019, but no longer having a say.

    The order value won't be large but is likely to exceed the £15 allowance for importing from anywhere, so I don't want to get it wrong.


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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Mar 17, 7:44 PM
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    The UK will still be a member of the EU for another two years, so nothing will be changing meanwhile.
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    • uknick
    • By uknick 14th Mar 17, 10:09 AM
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    Why would the import costs not include VAT?

    I thought goods imported from other EU members had VAT charged at the local rate to the seller if selling to a non VAT registered person or, for a VAT registered entity the local rate for the importer.
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