All Vetus engine and boat equipment products are shipped from our central warehouse in the Netherlands.
Since the UK left the EU on 31 Dec 2020, these shipments must be treated as exports when sent from Holland and treated as imports when arriving at the UK border.
The process of importing goods may not be familiar to you, so we have put together some guidance below.
VAT and Duties
You may consider that none of this is your problem and that Vetus should take care of it all. However, as the exporter we are not legally allowed to do this, nor do we have any control over the charges.
The receiver of the goods is the legal importer and with the help of the customs clearance agent, is responsible for payment of all charges, VAT, and duties. This is an unfortunate side effect of Brexit now that the UK is a third country when it comes to movement of goods.
Please do not be put off by all the above. In practice the process is quite straight forward and as everyone becomes more familiar with it, the procedures will become smoother and smoother.
These notes are not intended to be a definitive guide to importing. There is extensive guidance on the government website, but we hope that they will give a quick overview.
Finally, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!
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