Camera Gear from Europe


bforbes

Link Posted 12/01/2020 - 20:24
Do we in the UK have to start paying Duty and VAT on camera gear from Europe from the end of January?
Barrie
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womble

Link Posted 12/01/2020 - 20:37
Most probably.
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HarisF1

Link Posted 12/01/2020 - 20:49
Ouch.

Lubbyman

Link Posted 12/01/2020 - 21:31
Don't things like that stay the same during the 'transition phase' i.e. until the end of 2020? After that, nobody knows.

If there is no agreement at the end of the transition phase, presumably you would be able to get a VAT exemption for equipment bought in the EU and exported to the UK, then pay import duties etc. when it enters the UK. Wasn't there a forum member last year who visited the UK (i.e. the EU) from Canada, had to buy a camera here and got a VAT exemption certificate for taking it back to Canada? That might be us in a year's time!

Steve

Gwyn

Link Posted 12/01/2020 - 21:52
No you don't. Trust me I am becoming an expert on the whole subject.

During the transition period everything stays the same as it is. You can even move to Europe and settle if you feel the need. You don't have to pay tax on Europe imports.
After Dec 31 it's anyone's guess. You may get a VAT rebate from Europe, like Canadians and other non EU citizens do but you will then have to pay VAT at UK rates, plus any duties due. Maybe they will strike a good deal (but I doubt it), and such things will carry on as now.

HarisF1

Link Posted 13/01/2020 - 00:36
I hope we see the point of it all within our lifetimes.

vic cross

Link Posted 13/01/2020 - 11:36
Someone with more knowledge on this subject may correct me. "BUT" some years ago I bought a TR3 power pack for my AF400 flash gun from the USA and didn't have to pay vat or import duty because it was camera gear. I believe photographic gear is free of such taxes etc.??????????????????? Maybe that was then and things have changed?????????????? I'm sure someone somewhere has the knowledge.
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 13/01/2020 - 11:45
HarisF1 wrote:
I hope we see the point of it all within our lifetimes.

Not ours nor anyone else's.
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doingthebobs

Link Posted 13/01/2020 - 23:23
vic cross wrote:
Someone with more knowledge on this subject may correct me. "BUT" some years ago I bought a TR3 power pack for my AF400 flash gun from the USA and didn't have to pay vat or import duty because it was camera gear. I believe photographic gear is free of such taxes etc.??????????????????? Maybe that was then and things have changed?????????????? I'm sure someone somewhere has the knowledge.
CHEERS Vic.

I think you were just lucky and the customs/post office missed you.

I have a feeling there is no duty on lenses but there is on cameras and other equipment. They do charge VAT on everything though!

I have even got stung for the full value of a camera that I sent to New Zealand for servicing. I did argue that one out and they accepted that it was mine before being sent for repair from the UK. Still got charged the VAT on the repair cost though!
Bob
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