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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    Default Buying new kit from Europe

    The seller will sell without VAT being added, but what's the sting in the tail? Certainly VAT, but are there any other duties to pay.
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    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
    SW1X USB II
    SW1X DAC III Special
    Audiolab 6000 CDT transport
    Amps
    Pre amps -- Hi fi Collective twin mono ladder stepped attenuator, with Charcroft Z-foil and silver wired. And First Watt B1 active no gain buffer.
    Power amps -- Welborne 45 SET monoblocks 1.8W / Decware Taboo 6W / Elekit 300B TU-8600SVK plus further improved components 9W / ICE Power 1000W
    Speakers
    Highly modified Endorphin P17 open baffle speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers and paper cones. All silver wired - 8" Cube Audio FC8 full range drivers and vintage 15" Altec VOTT 416 bass drivers. All sat on Townsend Audio Podium seismic isolation platforms.
    BK Electronics XLS400FF Sub.
    Cabling
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X
    Headphones
    HRT HeadStreamer and SennHeiser HD650 headphones

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    Think it is 3% on hi-fi. Plus clearance charge.
    Current Lash Up:

    *Audiolab 6000CDT* Soncoz SGD-1 * Nelson Pass DCB1 * Krell KSA50s * JM Lab Electra 926 *

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Think it is 3% on hi-fi. Plus clearance charge.
    So is there no 20% VAT or is that on top of the 3%? Also what is a clearance charge
    Source
    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
    SW1X USB II
    SW1X DAC III Special
    Audiolab 6000 CDT transport
    Amps
    Pre amps -- Hi fi Collective twin mono ladder stepped attenuator, with Charcroft Z-foil and silver wired. And First Watt B1 active no gain buffer.
    Power amps -- Welborne 45 SET monoblocks 1.8W / Decware Taboo 6W / Elekit 300B TU-8600SVK plus further improved components 9W / ICE Power 1000W
    Speakers
    Highly modified Endorphin P17 open baffle speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers and paper cones. All silver wired - 8" Cube Audio FC8 full range drivers and vintage 15" Altec VOTT 416 bass drivers. All sat on Townsend Audio Podium seismic isolation platforms.
    BK Electronics XLS400FF Sub.
    Cabling
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X
    Headphones
    HRT HeadStreamer and SennHeiser HD650 headphones

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    no you'll pay uk vat i think too
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    no you'll pay uk vat i think too
    Thanks Grant. I think I will phone HMRC on Monday. I hate expensive surprises.

    If I get a sensible answer I will post it here for others.
    Source
    SW1X Universal Music Server UMS I Signature with Power Supply Unit PSU I Signature
    SW1X USB II
    SW1X DAC III Special
    Audiolab 6000 CDT transport
    Amps
    Pre amps -- Hi fi Collective twin mono ladder stepped attenuator, with Charcroft Z-foil and silver wired. And First Watt B1 active no gain buffer.
    Power amps -- Welborne 45 SET monoblocks 1.8W / Decware Taboo 6W / Elekit 300B TU-8600SVK plus further improved components 9W / ICE Power 1000W
    Speakers
    Highly modified Endorphin P17 open baffle speakers containing both vintage and modern alnico drivers and paper cones. All silver wired - 8" Cube Audio FC8 full range drivers and vintage 15" Altec VOTT 416 bass drivers. All sat on Townsend Audio Podium seismic isolation platforms.
    BK Electronics XLS400FF Sub.
    Cabling
    Silver mains cables, interconnects and speaker cables by SW1X
    Headphones
    HRT HeadStreamer and SennHeiser HD650 headphones

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    So is there no 20% VAT or is that on top of the 3%? Also what is a clearance charge
    Yes there is 20% VAT on that too, and 20% VAT on the shipping charge.

    Clearance charge usually between £12 and £15
    Current Lash Up:

    *Audiolab 6000CDT* Soncoz SGD-1 * Nelson Pass DCB1 * Krell KSA50s * JM Lab Electra 926 *

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    And make sure your order gets shipped in one go or for every package you'll pay the clearance charge. Ouch!
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    Source: Oppo UDP-205 (CD/DVD-A/SACD)

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    A result of brexit.
    Estimate 33% on top of cost.
    There is a system to pay in advance (avoiding carrier charges) but finding a carrier who does this is aparently hard.
    Am currently waiting for such a package-shipped by DHL's Formula 1 division, it seems( who carry the cars etc., about the world!)
    Chris.

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    Yep Brexit was always going to be a mixed bag, we all had to balance the pros and cons and make our mind up before we cast our votes. Democracy in action.

  10. #10
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    The only thing Brexit has added is the duty and the clearance charges, and then only for buying from the EU since you already paid all that when buying from anywhere else in the world prior to Brexit.

    You always paid VAT even before Brexit, plus some EU countries have a higher rate of VAT than in the UK so you actually paid more than 20% VAT if buying from one of those.
    Current Lash Up:

    *Audiolab 6000CDT* Soncoz SGD-1 * Nelson Pass DCB1 * Krell KSA50s * JM Lab Electra 926 *

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