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Old 29 August 2018, 13:40   #1
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Importing boat from Mainland Europe to the UK

Upfront, sorry for posting in the wrong section.

Following up on my previous post/thread to move on to a GRP boat, would anyone know if there are any taxes I would have to pay in the UK if I buy and transport a boat from mainland Europe back home?

Short of contacting the authorities, I have tried searching various forums and see that this topic has not been covered much.

Just trying to tap in on the knowledge and resource on this forum before I look for other avenues.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 29 August 2018, 15:01   #2
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Not as long as you get it in before next March, you will be fine.
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Importing boat from Mainland Europe to the UK

Currently the only possibly tax would be VAT. It would be worthwhile having proof of its VAT status (we normally think of that problem the other way round (mainland EU countries being much stricter on it than the UK). Given Daveís comment - it would be worth keeping a paperwork trail that proves when it arrived. Ie the Bill of Sale (or receipt) and proof when it moved into the country (ferry receipt, marina/boatyard storage receipts, insurance etc).
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If you are buying as a private person a new boat from a European dealer or directly from the boat manufacturer they will charge you VAT at the local rate. Once the VAT has been paid you will not have to pay VAT in the UK on arrival. You should present your boat invoice to the UK customs as proof that VAT had been paid.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. This answers my query.
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