Originally Posted by Knot Yet
I'm assuming you bringing them over in March (Sea Survival course) for me to ship from the UK would be just as naughty - or is there a workable/legal solution in here somewhere regarding import duty?
There is nothing naughty about buying goods from the Channel Islands, indeed there is a very successful company called Aceparts her in Alderney (www.xenons.biz
) who inspired us to offer a range of boating equipment at vat-free and uk-delivery inclusive prices ourselves.
A number of problems do present themselves though, even if you collect goods yourself or have them transported by a friend HMRC can still charge you. Even if you have a vat-paid receipt to show that duty is not due. There are various ways around this, but I am obliged not to discuss them in a public forum. Not because they are illegal but because they form the basis of several business strategies.
Regarding our own VAT status, when we moved from Kent we asked HMRC if we could stay registered; they said yes but we had to keep an address in England so we did. It then became clear that customers could be charged twice for duty, no matter how solid the paper work was the position was not negotiable. We then tried to de-register and were told that we could not as our turnover was too great, so we closed our mainland address.
The problem, I believe, is that all the imports that come in from places like China as a result of ever growing eBay sales has caused a huge problem for the treasury, I am sure we all know The Revenue's job is to find and plug such back doors in the economy. The Channel Islands are generally not considered such a "back door", but there is a chance that an over zealous Post Office employee who just read the latest Revenue memo will exercise their power on behalf of the Excise Man.