I think it is a good idea to spread knowledge about tax free purchasing
I like to suggest that we open ONE THREAD PER COUNTRY (delivery address). With this is easy to find thew information needed in a specific case.
I like to start with my knowledge about the situation in France
. I have my boat there at the moment an I do purchase
quite some equipment
(member of the EU) tax free deliveries (=no VAT) to a yacht with a non-EU
registration(!) are possible. VAT is 19.6% for all other customers.
French marine outfitters
quite often accept VAT-free billing if a copy of the non-EU registration
document is provided. This is very convenient!
On the other hand deliveries from other EU countries to France are quite often subject to VAT of the country where the shop is located. Specifically Germany
dealers have no legal
way to skip VAT.
For deliveries from outside the EU
address has to start with the words "YACHT IN TRANSIT" and the name of the vessel.
I usually ask the vendor to add the registration
documents of my boat to the papers of the parcel. Additionally you should add your phone
number and eMail
might contact you for questions.
With this it seems to work quite well to get around the import taxes
Shipments with DHL
seem to cause no problems. It just takes some days.
One shipment with FedEx
got stuck in customs
and I have been asked to engage an agent. I just contacted "claridon.com". tThey were very helpful and charged 125 EUR for the import
of my 6000 EUR purchase
Currently I have a delivery
from the USA with USPS
stuck in customs since 7 days. We will see when they release it.
Refund of VAT already paid
seems to be possible if you ask the local customs (of the port from where you leave) to give you a confirmation of the export when you leave the EU (I expect this to work for non-EU residents). It should(!) be possible with this to reclaim the VAT from the dealer who sold the goods to you. However I personally have not tested this procedure in France. I don't like it because it is more complicated and unpredictable.
Further experiences should be added to this thread.