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🇬🇧🇮🇪😅British people applying for Irish passports will now face the following questions;
 
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Feckin Brexit

On the other hand - it might be a good time to open a model supplies shop here in Ireland for all the those with the new interest in the hobby - depending how much of a pain in the ar%e customs decide to be.............tho it looks like the current UK gov look like they want to make it as awkward as possible...................unless its all a bluff!

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Edo said:

Feckin Brexit

On the other hand - it might be a good time to open a model supplies shop here in Ireland for all the those with the new interest in the hobby - depending how much of a pain in the ar%e customs decide to be.............tho it looks like the current UK gov look like they want to make it as awkward as possible...................unless its all a bluff!

Let's HOPE it's a bluff - however - bluff or not, anyone opening or operating a business either IN Brexitland OR the rest of the world (well, the EU and China!), will be buried in new tariffs, by the look of things........thus, prices in such a new shop might have to be a lot higher than people might assume.

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45 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Let's HOPE it's a bluff - however - bluff or not, anyone opening or operating a business either IN Brexitland OR the rest of the world (well, the EU and China!), will be buried in new tariffs, by the look of things........thus, prices in such a new shop might have to be a lot higher than people might assume.

I’ve a feeling a trade deal will happen at the last second. Trump’s loss changes the dynamic more that people realise and there seems to be a lot of wobbling from The Bowel Boris at the moment.

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27 minutes ago, irishthump said:

I’ve a feeling a trade deal will happen at the last second. Trump’s loss changes the dynamic more that people realise and there seems to be a lot of wobbling from The Bowel Boris at the moment.

We may live in hope! I'm ordering a few bits from Marks Models and Hattons as we speak!

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On 17/11/2020 at 7:23 PM, Edo said:

Feckin Brexit

On the other hand - it might be a good time to open a model supplies shop here in Ireland for all the those with the new interest in the hobby - depending how much of a pain in the ar%e customs decide to be.............tho it looks like the current UK gov look like they want to make it as awkward as possible...................unless its all a bluff!

 

 

You want to get your stuff from Eur

Ebay now, Some fellas are gonna be caught with this

 

From 1 January 2021, eBay will be legally required to begin collecting and remitting VAT for UK imports. From that date, eBay will have to charge buyers the applicable VAT amount directly and remit this sum to the relevant authorities.

Irish sellers trading with UK buyers and listing on the UK or any EU site will need to provide both gross prices as well as the applicable VAT rate used to calculate the gross price on all listings. If sellers do not specify gross prices and VAT rates, eBay will have to assume that the price provided is the net price, and will add VAT on top of the price displayed to buyers.

We strongly urge sellers listing on eBay.co.uk or other European eBay sites to specify the applicable VAT rates on existing listings as soon as possible. All new listings should include a VAT rate. You will find the field for the VAT rate beside the price when you create or edit listings.

What you need to know:

- From 1 January 2021, eBay will start to collect and remit VAT for UK imports on all consignments with a value of up to £135. There will no longer be a VAT exemption for small consignments up to £15.
- In cases where the seller is a non-UK business and the goods are already in the UK, eBay will collect and remit VAT for goods sold to consumers within the UK, regardless of their value.
- Sellers should begin listing the applicable VAT rates on all their existing and new listings as soon as possible.
- From 1 March 2021, eBay will make it mandatory to add the VAT rate on all UK and EU sites when listing items.
 

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eBay UK is already dead for us in the USA with the GSP program. Some interesting little books and things come up from time to time that might be GBP 5-10 PLUS 22.89 shipping with Pitney Bowes, worst shipper I come across in a while for the most expensive rate and prehistoric website/tracking, then the VAT/tax. Forget it.

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International forwarding systems like Address Pal, YouShop and e-Bay GPS programme have made it a lot simpler for Governments to charge purchase and sales taxes on international e-commerce compared with individual packages sent through.

I used YouShop https://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/youshop to ship high value large scale locos and track to New Zealand, the main advantage was paying the duty/sales and purchase tax up front compared to arranging customs clearance on arrival. 

The down side was having to ship two locos by DHL and wait a week for the models to clear customs as the value of the shipment/weight size of the package was too high for YouShop to accept the shipment, luckily a large scale modelling friend in the States was able to re-direct the packages by DHL.

In the end although I incurred several hundred dollars additional shipping costs I acquired two locos which would have been extremely difficult to obtain locally.

E-Bay never really caught on locally once Trade Me a locally established sales platform gained a foothold, with the Brexit business it would be difficult to see a British or European sales platform establishing a critical mass to compete with E-Bay in the UK and Ireland.

As a manufacturer/retailer registering for Vat for for overseas sales is a difficult question, put simply will greater price certainty translate into sufficient sales to cover the additional compliance costs or does the risk of having to pay Vat upon arrival put off enough customers to effect the bottom line.

The planned changes in VAT and Brexit will probably reduce the price advantage in Ireland of buying models from UK Retailers and Suppliers though probably not a significant increase in price. Retailers and Suppliers who are registered for UK Vat can export to Ireland at 0% rate and claim back the Vat on their purchase cost just like any other business.

The main issue in the UK at the moment is the survival of the smaller specialist suppliers because of the uncertainty of supply arising from the Covid situation and the shift in the hobby to rtr models from China.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Mayner said:

As a manufacturer/retailer registering for Vat for for overseas sales is a difficult question, put simply will greater price certainty translate into sufficient sales to cover the additional compliance costs or does the risk of having to pay Vat upon arrival put off enough customers to effect the bottom line.

 

It's not just the VAT upon arrival. For almost every non-EU parcel that arrives here, I pay 7% IGIC / local tax, and then a handling fee of €50 to €70 EURO for the luxury of having to pay the tax in the first place.

What may work out of benefit to non-UK buyers post BrExit is a fall in the value of Sterling. The weaker it gets, the more Sterling product you can get for your money.

I'm really hoping that Sterling doesn't fall any more, though, as our local economy survives on Brits having decent spending power - the more that their Sterling can buy, the better local businesses here will do.

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6 hours ago, DiveController said:

eBay UK is already dead for us in the USA with the GSP program. Some interesting little books and things come up from time to time that might be GBP 5-10 PLUS 22.89 shipping with Pitney Bowes, worst shipper I come across in a while for the most expensive rate and prehistoric website/tracking, then the VAT/tax. Forget it.

I get the impression a lot of sellers don't like it either. A lot of items are only offered with UK shipping these days and I think the GSP is largely responsible. It isn't too bad to Germany but I think some buyers are still amenable to simply posting items using Royal Mail if you cover the postage, but you have to ask. I use parcelwizard so I can safely bid on "UK only" items then ask the seller will they ship to Germany (believe it or not it's cheaper to post to Germany from the UK than to the Republic). If they refuse I give them my parcelwizard address in NI and it goes to the mother in Dublin for later collection. Of course you can always ask the seller in advance if they will post internationally with Royal Mail. Some will, even if they have indicated no international shipping or GSP only. In reality there is not much extra effort required for them and no extra cost.

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Until recently one of the issues was that it cost Customs Services more to collect Vat/purchase tax on low value items arriving through the mail services that it was earning in revenue, hence the shift to postal services using services like Addresspal and Youshop to collect the tax.

Until recently imports of less than $400 (200stg.)in value were not subject to duty or tax on entry to New Zealand, but Customs processing fees and Bio-Security levies applied on imports above $400 in value and had to open an account with Customs in order to receive imports above $1000 in value.

Similar changes to the UK & EU came into force in December 2019.

In my experience the physical size and weight of the package along with the value seems to be a factor in getting intercepted by customs. Small packages arriving by air mail seem to fly through under the radar, while heavy or large packages are usually intercepted by Customs. Couriers like TNT & DHL will declare packages upon arrival and try and charge for arranging customs clearance even when you already have an account with Customs.

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1 minute ago, murphaph said:

I get the impression a lot of sellers don't like it either. A lot of items are only offered with UK shipping these days and I think the GSP is largely responsible. It isn't too bad to Germany but I think some buyers are still amenable to simply posting items using Royal Mail if you cover the postage, but you have to ask. I use parcelwizard so I can safely bid on "UK only" items then ask the seller will they ship to Germany (believe it or not it's cheaper to post to Germany from the UK than to the Republic). If they refuse I give them my parcelwizard address in NI and it goes to the mother in Dublin for later collection. Of course you can always ask the seller in advance if they will post internationally with Royal Mail. Some will, even if they have indicated no international shipping or GSP only. In reality there is not much extra effort required for them and no extra cost.

I had an interesting experience buying a large scale loco on e-bay from the States a couple of years ago. 

The seller in a remote part of the Pacific North West was unable to ship by GPS & complete the sale due to some glitch in the E-Bay system, despite both of use contacting e-bay customer services.  Somehow or other we managed to get around the system contact each other by phone and complete the transaction. 

The seller ended up shipping the loco by the UPS which involved a long drive to the nearest post office, as opposed to printing out a GPS label at home and leaving out the parcel for pick up by a courier.

 

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It's the same in Germany. Heavy parcels tend to get a closer look. But that's all gone across the whole EU from June (it was supposed to be January but the commission pushed it back due to Covid and possibly Brexit). Nothing will be exempt. Everything will have to be processed by customs from then on. Small cheap gadgets directly from China will not be worth it but the likes of Wish (spit) and others have set up shop in the EU to import the stuff by the container load, pay the duty in one go and forward by local surface mail. I have received many items this way in recent years. We'll see a lot more of that model from June.

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I was perhaps fortunate to have bought any spares, accessories (eg wheels, couplings, wire, white metal parts) and kits from the UK that I may need in the future already, one more parcel due, but it should arrive well before Jan 1.  I've been experimenting using amazon.de and German model shops this past 2 years and so far its been both cost effective and a smooth process. I've saved a fortune off model rail electronics by bypassing the UK channel which aside from brexit issues after Jan 1 seemed a bit of a price rip off anyway aside from Hattons who had good discounts and excellent postage rates to Ireland. Where will it all end Ted?  Hopefully we will all be watching 'reeling in the years' in the future reminiscing about CV-19 as a memory, long after it has passed.  AddressPal has been excellent these past few years, way more convenient than parcel motel.

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I can't fault Parcelwizard to be honest. It seems much cheaper for small items than the others unless I'm missing something with their prices. It's only €3.75 per parcel, forwarded to your home address in the Republic.

I wish I could find anything near that price to forward to Germany but the cheapest I've found starts at 14 Stg!! It's odd because regular shipping to Germany from the UK costs a bit less than to the Republic.

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Yes Address pal 100% record for Me and a lovely Post Mistress ensure I collect my parcels there!

New Revenue import system coming into play this Monday . Lots of late nights recently. The amount of manual work and red tape is beyond belief and beyond the capabilities of the carriers bring in the stuff so full implantation has been pushed back till December, Hopefully longer.

 

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