Hi all, the getting of spares into Ireland from this year on has taken a turn for the worst with the introduction of custom duty and vat on to the parts price. Anything over €22 and under €150 will incur vat on the cost of the order and anything over €150 will incur custom duty and vat on to the order price so if a parts order cost me €167 last year it will now cost me €230 to €250 which has halted the project indefinitely as i couldnt afford to incur those kind of costs. A lot of fab work will have to take place now. It's a disaster all round. Nothing much in the way of spares over here in Ireland bar the odd stockist of pattern parts. Dont rightly know what way to go now.
A part that cost £167 last year would cost £139.17 this year, as you no longer pay UK VAT on anything you purchase from the UK (providing it is from a VAT registered business).
So the part itself is 20% cheaper for you.
There is then a slim chance you might have to pay the Irish VAT and/or customs fees on import to Ireland, if your customs department can be bothered to inspect the container/lorry it arrives in.
In 6 months time, after all the negative Brexit talk has calmed down in the media and everyone has realised that there countries customs department hardly check anything, everyone will be praising Brexit.
Apologies if I'm wrong and other countries operate differently to the UK.... but it's estimated that only 1 in 5 parcels (imported into the UK) is checked at customs, I imagine all countries customs systems are very similar. So far in 2021 (since Brexit), we have imported several things and we are yet to pay a single UK import customs charge or UK VAT on them. We find we usually pay customs duty on around 1 in 10 parcels we import (previously, pre Brexit, from Asia and the USA), from non UK VAT regions (which the EU is now classed as).
EDIT... a bit to add:
The best way to look at it, how often have you ever had to pay customs fees when you have imported something from China or the USA over the years? I imagine, not very often, if at all. It's no different than importing anything from the UK (post Brexit) as it will go through the same process, the UK in terms of import is now classed as "rest of the world".
Edited by roberts, 24 January 2021 - 01:15 PM.