Originally Posted by Oldskool
Hi - I am new to the forum and after doing a little research here am finding it difficult to get some clear answers - so thought I ought to join up!
I want to import a small boat (pontoon) boat from NZ - its not exactly an inflatable as it's a 4m aluminium cat (60hp outboard). I read about e marking and how the manufacturer is required to do this so that I can insure in the UK. But I also wanted to know what sort of duties are payable and if anyone can recommend any shipping advice prior so I can work out if the costs are feasible - or not.
I'd think it is very unlikely to be economical to import a single small boat like that.
CE marking - if this is a one off its very unlikely any Kiwi boat builder is going to want the headache and expense of doing this and so it will become your responsibility (you may be able to treat your one off import as a "prototype" until you want to sell it?).
Shipping costs are likely to be huge. Ideally you want to move whole containers of stuff at once. A 4m boat is going to be a part container - so you need to find someone to pack it and consolidate it otherwise you'll be looking at a couple of grand at least.
You'll need to pay Import Duty (1.7%? from a quick look) plus UK Vat (20%) the whole value of the shipment (possibly including the shipping costs depending how they are arranged! Then because the whole process is complicated you'll end up paying a shipping broker to get it through customs and then pay the dock for storing your goods until you can collect it etc.
I wouldn't be surprised if by the time you got CE paperwork sorted, and managed to get it though customs etc you had cost the same amount as the boat possibly
unless you were doing this as your day job or new someone who was.