[sdiy] UK VAT (was Re: Breaking news: synthCube to acquire Small Bear)

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Mon Jan 10 21:21:38 CET 2022


I've been sending Freak Shifts and other handmade modules to the UK for a
year or more, with no issues whatsoever.
 

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From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Tom
Wiltshire
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2022 12:15 PM
To: Mike Bryant
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Subject: [sdiy] UK VAT (was Re: Breaking news: synthCube to acquire Small
Bear)

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That hasn't been my experience. I've been sending stuff to the UK for a year
since Brexit, and so far, no-one has reported either being hit by VAT
charges or things disappearing. It looks to me like UK customs are waving
stuff through to prevent accusations of problems at the border due to
Brexit. There's a government in charge who really wants this to work, and
wants it to be seen to be working.

Ultimately, I'm sure Electric Druid will have to register for UK VAT and do
the required hoop-jumping to send parcels to the UK, but I'm holding out as
long as I can, since it's a pain in the ass and another overhead I can well
do without. Other International orders simply charge VAT at the frontier if
required - the UK can do the same. My opinion is that the reluctance to do
this stems from the fact that it makes it obvious that this is a cost
applied by the UK government and therefore not something they can blame on
Europe.

> On 10 Jan 2022, at 20:02, Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> Was that before the latest regulations ?    They can't even send small
quantities of stuff to the UK or I think most of the EU now unless they've
registered for VAT.  If it's under £175 (?) and the VAT isn't paid in
advance it just gets binned at customs.

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