Well, not knowing what boat
, nor where you're commissioning it, and especially not knowing exacting what "outfitting" you're desiring to do....means that we will just have to make some assumptions...
In addition to the advice/thoughts about getting your VAT back....
Have you considered shipping some items to Gibraltar
?? (or purchasing some in Gib?)
is of course VAT-free....and all yacht equipment
brought in for non-EU boats is duty-free as well....
Yes, duty-free and VAT-free!!
I've done this myself....with NO issues at all....nobody needed to see any papers, never even asked for my vessel US documentation
.... just looking/sounding like a US Citizen (who said he was picking up parts
for my boat) was enough!
Although the Gibraltar Port Authority says: "All goods for non-Gibraltar registered vessels must be imported via a Customs clearing agent or ship's chandlers to qualify for duty-free status.",
I didn't have a problem picking stuff up at the airport
/ Fed Ex terminal....(and neither did my friends have any issues either)...but, you may wish to inquire with FedEx, etc...
(I had a whole new traveler shipped from California
, along with some tools...easy-peasy)
You may also want to check with Sheppard's, on what they can do for you in regards to prices...
I'm not sure if you want to commission in France
there to your boat (such as electronics
, etc.)....or have you considered sailing to Gib and doing it there??
(I had some friends that did just that....they sailed from France to Gib on their new US documented boat, and did their outfitting there in Gib, at Marina Bay....and one guy across the dock
from me, bought a new Raymarine radar
and MFD, in Gib...drove in a car up to France....temporarily mounted radar
scanner on bow pulpit, ran cable along the deck
, and sailed down to Gib to finish his commissioning / outfitting...no BS, both true stories!)
I realize that Gib is about 1100 mile drive from New Rochelle, France....but, if you're looking to multi-task a bit, you can combine the "delivery" of your equipment to France, with a short "vacation"....a few days driving thru Spain and France might be nice!!
Btw, crossing from Gib to EU (Spain) via car, is pain-free....I wouldn't advertise that you're bring boat parts
in, but I've never seen anyone ever stopped/questioned....
I do hope this helps...