Originally Posted by mainbrayce
My reading of the law is that new two strokes are not allowed to be sold in the eu. Their import is not banned.
I'm not sure how you arrive at that conclusion. I'd certainly be seeking professional advice before advising others authoritatively that this is the case. If a customer in the UK were ever to get his engine confiscated (one of the sanctions that is available) he might have a reasonable grievance against a supplier who insisted it would be fine.
The UK Recreational Craft Regulations 2004 which I linked to earlier are absolutely clear that placing on the market for the first time includes placing into service for the first time. I accept there may be some debate who is breaking the rules but I don't think there is any doubt that someone is! I'd suggest you need to be very careful because if UK trading standards were to take an interest, they may interpret your "offer of supply"/"quote"/"marketing" as placing the product on the UK market, and I suspect they would be much more interested in a retailer selling multiple engines to the UK than the individuals buying them.
As I said earlier the evidence to date appears to be that people are unlikely to run into trouble, and you might even view a cooperative dealer in the CI's as providing a "helpful" service to boaters in need of lightweight 2 strokes, but its a little bit naughty to suggest everything is 100% above board.
A little common sense will tell you that the RCD (and other EU product directives) which are primarily designed to enable Intra-EU sales would not be constructed in such a manner as to ban the sale of product within the EU but permit it to be imported from countries outside the EU. Indeed if this were really the case then I think you would have found at least one manufacturer intentionally promoting sales from the CI's, direct from the US, Japan etc...
As for comments regarding other threads and the reliability of buying from the Channel Islands can we please not all be tarred with the same brush!
I'm not tarring you with the same brush, but the other thread highlights that purchasing from the CI's is just the same as purchasing from any other foreign country (especially those outside the EU) in that enforcing contracts (and rights customers might assume they have in the UK) is not easy. I guess you can't have everything!