Re: VAT ... it looks like it's going to be difficult.
On Tue, 5 Jan 2021 at 14:35, Robin Szemeti - G1YFG <robin@...> wrote:
I got stung once for the full value of a stereo microscope. I was most surprised. As you say, the Chinese have been exploiting this for years.
I've noticed this happending when sending goods to the USA now. The seller is being charged duty on the sale. I always stick prominent labels on the box, stating duty has already been paid, and of course putting the right customs documents.
That's been happening for years. If you notice, a lot of the Chinese sellers are offering next-day delivery on items. They can do this as they have warehouses in the UK.
I just ordered a Tesla from the USA - I bet I get stung a lot for VAT on that. (No, not the car😢😢😢, a Nvidia GPU).
I can't see how the UK are going to be able to encforce this though. What if a Nigerian company does not register for VAT here? What right will the govenment to go after them? This will probably push transactions away from eBay, which is not a bad thing.
I'll have to Google that.