Buying from outside the UK – Importing / Exporting guitars around the world

Now the UK has left the EU any customers purchasing form us within the EU Area need to be familiar with the following rules and processes when exporting or importing.

The first thing to say is do not be put off by the thought of importing a guitar, it’s really much more straight forward than you may imagine. We have regularly been supplying guitars to customers in locations such as far as Australia, America, Japan, Chine, Hong Kong, and the Middle East, for many years.

In any location around the world not subjected to UK internal VAT rules you do not have to pay UK VAT.

So the price of any new items being sold on our site will have the 20% added VAT removed from the price.

Please note this is not possible with Pre-Owned guitars as they do not have 20% VAT on them. Most Pre owned guitars will be sold by us at the listed price regardless of the location of the purchaser as we cannot deduct any UK Vat.

In some locations you will need to also pay a standard import duty that is relevant to the country you live in, But please note you do not need to pay an Import Charge within the EU area.

So the process for buying within the EU area is as follows

Take the normal UK selling price and remove the 20% added UK vat. Then add the courier charge. Once the guitar has been collected by our courier service you will receive tracking information and an estimated supply time. When the courier service delivers your new guitar, they will need to collect the relevant VAT for your territory and they will pass this on to your government.

So to sum up you do not pay UK VAT / sales Tax but you will have to pay the sales Tax to the courier that will be passed on to your own areas Tax collection service.

For example in France the sales Tax is currently at the time of writing this article 20%, which as this is the same as the UK VAT rate essentially means you will be paying the exact same price for your order as UK customers. You are just paying the VAT Sales Tax to your own government and not the UK.

We stress to all EU customers you do not have to pay any import duty as a free trade agreement has been reached between the EU and the UK. It’s a very easy process and we are on hand to help at every stage of the way.

The process for buying a guitar from the UK from outside the EU Area or the UK Tax area is as follows.

Take the normal UK selling price and remove the 20% added UK vat. Then add the courier charge. Once the guitar has been collected by our courier service you will receive tracking information and an estimated supply time. When the courier service delivers your new guitar, they will need to collect the relevant Sales Tax / VAT and your own country’s import duty for your territory, and they will pass this on to your government.

Outside of the free trade agreement that the EU has reached with the UK duty will vary from county to county, however its usually just a quick google search to work out what this will be for you, in in most areas its only around 4% of the net price.

Its hard to give exact examples because the exchange rate between currency’s will always have a slight impact on the exact cost paid. Tiny movements in the exchange rate around the time of importing or exporting any item will have an impact on the exact amount of duty and sales tax to pay.

Please just email us if you would like any clarification on this process or you have any questions about our international shipping services and how payments work.

And please note that in many areas around the worlds we can no longer accept card payments and can only work with bank transfers, so please check with us first before processing an order.

We look forward to receiving any questions.

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