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garzo

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Maybe you should do it through a German stockist of Aero? At least then you'd know what the total price is.

That's what the customer service person at Aero suggested! The jacket I was looking at was on the sales page -- nice deal and a lot less that what the German stockists charge, which is usually over a €1000. We'll see how it goes.
 

garzo

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Why don't they just deduct the VAT. I almost get the feeling Aero doesn't want to sell to Europe anymore.

So VAT is included in the price? I was trying to find that out but they just said that the price is their worldwide price.
I would assume the EU and Brits are still negotiating a free trade agreement but who knows how long it will take ...
 

MrProper

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I'm in Germany and was considering an Aero Leather purchase. Does anyone know what I might have to pay in import duties on a €600-€700 price? Kicking myself for not getting the jacket last year ...

worst case
costs + shipping + 4% *duties + 19% VAT
*if the rules of origin do not apply. otherwise duty free.
 

MrProper

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Why don't they just deduct the VAT. I almost get the feeling Aero doesn't want to sell to Europe anymore.
From Aero:
„We are currently trying to work out the best way to work things out longterm, to enable Aero to continue and to make sure European customers aren’t being given the short straw. We will likely be completely reorganizing our pricing structure, which has always been one price world wide, but this is something we’re still looking into as its early days for us in this situation too.“
 

TheBigEraser

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@Marc mndt ,@Harris HTM ,

Gents, since we all locate in the Netherlands so I guess I'd best to check with you directly. If I buy order a Lewis Leathers jacket from their London shop right now, does the rules of origin applies, so do I need to pay for the import duty tax? I know the 21% VAT is basically can't be avoided.
 

Marc mndt

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@Marc mndt ,@Harris HTM ,

Gents, since we all locate in the Netherlands so I guess I'd best to check with you directly. If I buy order a Lewis Leathers jacket from their London shop right now, does the rules of origin applies, so do I need to pay for the import duty tax? I know the 21% VAT is basically can't be avoided.
I'm not sure whether or not duties (4%) need to be payed. The jackets I've imported so far had a declared value of €150 or less, which is as I believe below the import duty threshold.
 

TheBigEraser

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I'm not sure whether or not duties (4%) need to be payed. The jackets I've imported so far had a declared value of €150 or less, which is as I believe below the import duty threshold.
I see. Because it didn't reach the duty threshold anyway so you are also not sure if the rules of origin apply.
 

Harris HTM

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@Marc mndt ,@Harris HTM ,

Gents, since we all locate in the Netherlands so I guess I'd best to check with you directly. If I buy order a Lewis Leathers jacket from their London shop right now, does the rules of origin applies, so do I need to pay for the import duty tax? I know the 21% VAT is basically can't be avoided.
If I understand well from the sites of the postal service and the tax service:
Up to 22e (product + shipping costs) you pay neither VAT nor Import duty.
Between 22e and 150e you pay VAT (21%) plus handling costs.
Above 150e you pay VAT, Handling costs and Import Duty. You have to check how high the import duty is, for clothes it is 0-12%.
Last time I paid an Import Duty it was 4% if I remember well, for a nylon flight jacket out the US.


https://www.postnl.nl/ontvangen/pakket-ontvangen/pakket-uit-het-buitenland/
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/brexit/vraag-en-antwoord/online-aankopen-na-brexit
https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/...oet-ik-betalen-voor-de-invoer-van-mijn-pakket
https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/...ane-als-ik-iets-koop-bij-buitenlandse-webshop
 

TheBigEraser

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If I understand well from the sites of the postal service and the tax service:
Up to 22e (product + shipping costs) you pay neither VAT nor Import duty.
Between 22e and 150e you pay VAT (21%) plus handling costs.
Above 150e you pay VAT, Handling costs and Import Duty. You have to check how high the import duty is, for clothes it is 0-12%.
Last time I paid an Import Duty it was 4% if I remember well, for a nylon flight jacket out the US.


https://www.postnl.nl/ontvangen/pakket-ontvangen/pakket-uit-het-buitenland/
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/brexit/vraag-en-antwoord/online-aankopen-na-brexit
https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/...oet-ik-betalen-voor-de-invoer-van-mijn-pakket
https://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/...ane-als-ik-iets-koop-bij-buitenlandse-webshop
Thanks Harris, I also found this explanation on the belastingen wesbite. My question would be whether "Rules of Origin" actually appied to Dutch custom, and will a jacket fully made in UK (like Lewis) will be applicable to this rule.
 

Harris HTM

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Thanks Harris, I also found this explanation on the belastingen wesbite. My question would be whether "Rules of Origin" actually appied to Dutch custom, and will a jacket fully made in UK (like Lewis) will be applicable to this rule.
Hi,
that's a good question but according to this:
https://www.postnl.nl/campagnes/brexit/
I think it seems that the UK is considered a standard non-EU country so probably the import duty is applicable.
By the way I checked the Lewis Leathers site. It gives a different price for buying from the UK than buying from the EU. What I don't get is that for a 900bp jacket (UK price), when you order from the NL you have to pay 775bp. I'd expect that if the british VAT is subtracted (20%), you'd have to pay 750bp.
 

bn1966

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Another clothing order from Germany through today & things ran smoothly (under the import duty threshold), price I ended up paying was same as last year. Have purchased the odd T shirt too at under 22e but paid VAT in country of origin, these were very small outlets.
 

Insomnia

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I'm in Germany and was considering an Aero Leather purchase. Does anyone know what I might have to pay in import duties on a €600-€700 price? Kicking myself for not getting the jacket last year ...


Second example.

I bought a leather jacket.

I payed £620 for the jacket, shipping with DHL £20.

Total customs/handling fees were €177,29 in Germany.

Bought a lot before the Brexit, now there is not so much difference from ordering from Japan or the US.
 
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TheBigEraser

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Hi,
that's a good question but according to this:
https://www.postnl.nl/campagnes/brexit/
I think it seems that the UK is considered a standard non-EU country so probably the import duty is applicable.
By the way I checked the Lewis Leathers site. It gives a different price for buying from the UK than buying from the EU. What I don't get is that for a 900bp jacket (UK price), when you order from the NL you have to pay 775bp. I'd expect that if the british VAT is subtracted (20%), you'd have to pay 750bp.
Interesting. I guess that's because the difference on the shipping? I requested the quote from Lewis. A Lightening 391 in vege cow delivered in UK costs 1385GBP, while delivered to the Netherlands costs 1170 GBP. Price includes shipping cost. Quick math gives you a tax deduction at 16%, compared to 14% in your example. So I don't really understand their calculation basis...
 

Harris HTM

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Interesting. I guess that's because the difference on the shipping? I requested the quote from Lewis. A Lightening 391 in vege cow delivered in UK costs 1385GBP, while delivered to the Netherlands costs 1170 GBP. Price includes shipping cost. Quick math gives you a tax deduction at 16%, compared to 14% in your example. So I don't really understand their calculation basis...
Yes, probably they subtract 20% VAT, add 15-20 pounds of shipping and round up.
If you have to pay (21+4)% * 1170 + handlings fees (around 10-15 euros) then you end up around 1475 pounds. If I were you I'd wait for the corona outbreak to calm a bit out and then arrange a weekend to London. Or buy the jacket through a friend in the UK.
 
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