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Old 14 December 2009, 16:35   #1
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Importing an outboard, vat?

Hi, I have found a Mercury dealer in Jersey that still has some new 2 stroke mercs, am I right in saying I will have to pay VAT at customs for the outboard when it gets shipped to the UK?
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Old 14 December 2009, 16:42   #3
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Not if its a gift.
Can't see the dealer doing that, I looked on the Customs web site and it looks like they can charge vat on used items as well, does every parcel go through Customs?
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does every parcel go through Customs?
I'd guess that the Outboard shaped ones do...
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I'd guess that the Outboard shaped ones do...
I hope its in a rectangular box , if I do have to pay VAT this Merc 3.3 will not be much of a bargain
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What about if you take the boat over then sail it back to the UK... with a new engine?
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What about if you take the boat over then sail it back to the UK... with a new engine?
I haven't been past the solent yet
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[QUOTE=JABS;330876] This boy is learning the ropes! [/QUOT

This is my first RIB (AVON560 with Merc 90), my old boat was a 3.8M inflatable, when I do go out for a long trip I am going to go out with my mate so he can take his Ribeye RIB
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Or you could pay the VAT that is rightly and legally due on it - which gives retailers on our own shores a reasonable chance of competing and helps our ailing economy.
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Did I say that?

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I will let you know how it goes, if I get charged the vat I do, I was about to buy a used 2 year old Merc 3.3 for £350 and I am getting a new one with full waranty for £380
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If it fell overboard before it got to our shores it would be salvage
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If it fell overboard before it got to our shores it would be salvage
If he broke down with it attached to his RIB it would be salvage too....
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If he broke down with it attached to his RIB it would be salvage too....
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Feck me mate we've got this smuggling, sorry I meant salvaging sorted.
Looks like an interesting career path

Gonna have a nice cup of Life Boat Tea now
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Gonna have a nice cup of Life Boat Tea now
If I break down with that outboard on you can stictly speaking salvage some!
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I will let you know how it goes, if I get charged the vat I do, I was about to buy a used 2 year old Merc 3.3 for £350 and I am getting a new one with full waranty for £380
Hardly seems worth it when you can buy a new 3.5 4 stroke for a 100 more, with the benefit of a 5 year warranty.

I reckon a new 2 stroke would only have 1 years warranty, as it's only (officially) available in Europe to commercial users.
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