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Brexit duty on astro-imports ..

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How many of us have had recourse to buying some of our duty free astro-gear from the continent? These are the German suppliers that some of us have
purchased from over the years: Baader, Teleskop Service and Beloptik. In my own case for various filters.
These businesses supply good quality items at correspondingly quite high prices in some cases, but they would have been more expensive here, assuming they were even available.
Now, thanks to the Little Englander Brexit "Aye!" vote, life is going to get more expensive,with duty being slapped on astronomical imports and there'll be less freedom of movement. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted... .
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It is not only import duty I am not clear what the VAT situation will be. Can you buy the goods VAT free from Europe and then pay the UK VAT ?

Brexit may also impact the duties payable on imports from fro instance China now that the duty levels are no longer harmonised with Europe.

The other thing to be aware of is that CE marking will no longer be valid in the UK. Products need separate UK or UK (Northern Ireland) demonstrations of compliance. As such it may not be legal to import products from Europe (or elsewhere) unless they as certified as UK or UK(NI) compliant. There is a short term period of grace to allow the recertification of products.

Don't ask about what happens to goods across the Irish Sea from either Ireland or Northern Ireland it's too complicated !!!
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It's a mess John and an obvious step backwards: a victory for a sectional, but hugely influential, minority comprising hedge fund managers and other shady operators in finance, who wanted to free themselves from EU regulations that curbed their excesses. It was they who financed Bojo's Brexit Bus carnival.
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The cost of obtaining compliance for a product can range from £100 to £100,000 according to a certification body website. Of course you have to design the product to meet the new UK & UK Northern Ireland standards first so I wonder how many manufacturers will bother for a small market like the UK ?

There is an alternative route where the importer has the product certified but that can be quite difficult if you do not have control over the designers and manufacturing process. The importer has to detect any changes and then get the product re-certified.

In addition there is pending legislation that will make the importer & possible intermediaries such as ebay responsible for damages resulting from faulty products.

We will have to see how many companies think it is worthwhile obtaining UK & or UK(NI) certification - one thing is for sure the consumer will pay either for the certification or in the reduced choice of goods.
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There's definitely going to be less choice of commodities John. According to today's "i",online retailers in Europe have stopped their business with UK customers because of an increased tax burden and extra paperwork due to Brexit.
Two companies cited in the press report are the Dutch bicycle company Bike Bits and Finnish clothing company, Scandinavia Clothing. VAT is collected at the point of sale now, instead of when importing. Even if a commodity is under the value of £135 foreign firms selling to the UK now face increased bureaucracy.
Bike Bits said, "For providing this service [ Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs ] intends to charge a fee for every country in the world that exports to England. Clearly, this is ludicrous for one country but imagine if every country in the world had the same idea." The company said that it would like to carry on exporting to the UK, adding: "If you're angry about this, and you may well be so, please contact your elected representative in the UK."
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