Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 19-03-2019, 16:55   #1
Junior Cruiser

Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Bringing items to boat being exported

We are having a multihull built in France and during our progress visits would like to start bringing boat items with us from Canada to leave with the builder. These would include used items taken from our previous boat as well as newly purchased items, ie some electronics, spares etc.
The boat purchase Contract lists the boat as being for export and we would be leaving France on her as soon as its ready. My question is: has anyone similiarly brought items in advance and what was the French Customs response given the boat is being exported. Thank you
CK
__________________

SV Tru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-03-2019, 20:41   #2
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 15,418
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Arrange it in advance with Customs in your departure port. Should be no problem.

Ann
__________________

__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-03-2019, 05:10   #3
Registered User
 
Privilege's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bermuda
Boat: Privilege 435
Posts: 531
Images: 12
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

From my limited experience, you have two issues here. The first is whether the French will expect you to pay import duty on the items you bring to your boat in France and the second is whether you have to pay import duty on EVERYTHING when you bring the boat home to wherever. There is no generic answer to those questions as they differ from one jurisdiction to another.
Privilege is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-03-2019, 03:06   #4
Junior Cruiser

Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Thank you Anne and Privelege for your replies. I think I might need to clarify my question.
The scenario is:
1) I will fly to France shortly to see my boat while it is under construction.
2) When I get off the plane, I will declare to Frenxh Customs:
a) that I am carrying both new and used items I intend to leave for safe keeping with the builder.
b) These items are boat related, ie personal items, used tools, new electronics, that were bought by me in Canada and will be taken aboard once I take possesion of the new boat at the end of this year.
c) I will be leaving France with the items and the boat upon taking possesion of the boat
d) If required I can present a copy of my build contract that states the boat is being built for export, ie no VAT is being paid

My question is: Will French Customs ask me to pay VAT or any other fees on these items?
Thank you for any assistance given.
Carl
SV Tru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-03-2019, 04:47   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 34,268
Images: 240
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Carl.

They may ask you to pay VAT, and apply for a refund after you depart (re-export).
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-03-2019, 06:23   #6
Registered User
 
Piscis's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 46
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

I guess you should state your questions and concerns via email to the french custom.

You might get a lot of "maybe", "possibly" or "might be" answers here in CF. However, they will not be legaly boundfull when you approach the french customs officer...

Good luck and let us know once you get an answer.
__________________
Sailing. Freediving. SCUBA Diving. Underwater- Wildlife- and Landscape Photography.
Piscis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-03-2019, 14:41   #7
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 15,418
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Piscis, YES! Exactly right!

What we have found is that if you talk to the Douane first, they can fix it up for you; but if you talk to them after the fact of bringing in the stuff, you'll pay duty on it. You can even do it with prescription drugs, but it must be pre-arranged.

Ann
__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2019, 09:14   #8
Junior Cruiser

Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 4
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Thank you GordMay, Piscis and Ann (once again) for your replies. All points raised I will take under advisement. I fully intend to contact French Customs and being "forearmed is forewarned". As a last appeal on this forum before I do, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has actually had the experience of arriving in France and dealing with French Customs when declaring personal used/new goods they are bringing into France temporarily before departing in their boat with them.
Thank you,
Carl
SV Tru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-03-2019, 09:24   #9
Registered User
 
ccannan's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2003
Boat: Alubat, OVNI 47
Posts: 248
Images: 5
Re: Bringing items to boat being exported

Quote:
Originally Posted by SV Tru View Post
Thank you GordMay, Piscis and Ann (once again) for your replies. All points raised I will take under advisement. I fully intend to contact French Customs and being "forearmed is forewarned". As a last appeal on this forum before I do, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has actually had the experience of arriving in France and dealing with French Customs when declaring personal used/new goods they are bringing into France temporarily before departing in their boat with them.
Thank you,
Carl
Unless you are bringing in large volumes of new (expensive) items I wouldn't really worry about it (or even contact customs or declare the items). I know that is flouting the law and may bring you some grief, but the probability is very low, whereas contacting customs to prearrange entry for these items is sure going to be a PITA. Most European airport customs officials are looking to search younger people flying in from drug export countries.
__________________

__________________
Chip
ccannan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
boat

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thinking about being a paid cf member, but what are the items i can buy for cost manawatuman Forum Tech Support & Site Help 6 12-10-2016 11:25
French VAT on Exported Parts? Cruisin Cat Construction, Maintenance & Refit 11 10-01-2016 03:13
Flag & Registration of EU Exported Boat Sander Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 6 09-09-2012 16:48
It's Official - 2010 Is 'Quit Being a Mariner and Start Being a Sailor Again' Michael D Meets & Greets 2 19-10-2009 15:59
Bringing our new boat home! Liberty28 General Sailing Forum 2 20-04-2008 04:18



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:32.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.