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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    We are buying something from a UK distributor of a Dutch company's product. We already placed an order with delivery scheduled in November, with construction happening in the Netherlands before shipping to the UK (by boat we assume).

    We were trying to figure out how this might be impacted by a no-deal exit on Oct-31. Of course apart from anything else there might be delays due to traffic jams but aside from that, would there be any legal ramifications? For instance would duty be due that isn't currently?
    It depends on your contract with the UK distributor whether you'd have to pay any extra duty, which also depends on what you're buying. You should talk to the UK distributor and read your contract.
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    The road signs over the M25 currently read (along the lines of) Freight rules may change from 01.11.19 - go check.

    But I do wonder - so where do they check? any one got a working crystal ball?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    It depends on your contract with the UK distributor whether you'd have to pay any extra duty, which also depends on what you're buying. You should talk to the UK distributor and read your contract.
    Is there a contract when you buy something? I think we only have invoices/receipts? Are there implied contracts in such cases... I mean there are UK and EU rules relating to customer standards but the EU rules would no longer apply?!

    I suppose by default if we've ordered from a UK company, this is their problem whereas if we'd ordered from the Eurozone company we'd be directly liable... Or is that too simple?



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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Is there a contract when you buy something? I think we only have invoices/receipts? Are there implied contracts in such cases... I mean there are UK and EU rules relating to customer standards but the EU rules would no longer apply?!

    I suppose by default if we've ordered from a UK company, this is their problem whereas if we'd ordered from the Eurozone company we'd be directly liable... Or is that too simple?



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    What does their website say, or any other Ts & Cs?

    Most international importers have something in the fine print that details what happens if there are changes in landed costs (whether through currency fluctuations, tariff changes, etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian View Post
    What does their website say, or any other Ts & Cs?

    Most international importers have something in the fine print that details what happens if there are changes in landed costs (whether through currency fluctuations, tariff changes, etc)
    Good point, I'll take a look.

    More generally, do we KNOW what import duty rates and so on will default to in the event of a hard edit? For that matter, how much duty free booze we can bring in from the Eurozone?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Good point, I'll take a look.

    More generally, do we KNOW what import duty rates and so on will default to in the event of a hard edit? For that matter, how much duty free booze we can bring in from the Eurozone?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Good point, I'll take a look.

    More generally, do we KNOW what import duty rates and so on will default to in the event of a hard edit? For that matter, how much duty free booze we can bring in from the Eurozone?!

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    See if you can find the draft schedule somewhere on here:
    WTO | 2018 News items - United Kingdom submits draft schedule to the WTO outlining post-Brexit goods commitments

    “Duty free” is essentially a meaningless phrase, retailers don’t just take the duty off and sell a product for the retail margin. Just think of them as “slightly cheaper goods”. But do the currency calculations first to see if they really are cheaper. And then compare over the course of a year to see if you save more on your two or three trips to the continent bringing back a couple of litres, compared to ordering a case of wine every week or two direct from the EU producers and having it imported tariff free anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian View Post
    See if you can find the draft schedule somewhere on here:
    WTO | 2018 News items - United Kingdom submits draft schedule to the WTO outlining post-Brexit goods commitments

    “Duty free” is essentially a meaningless phrase, retailers don’t just take the duty off and sell a product for the retail margin. Just think of them as “slightly cheaper goods”. But do the currency calculations first to see if they really are cheaper. And then compare over the course of a year to see if you save more on your two or three trips to the continent bringing back a couple of litres, compared to ordering a case of wine every week or two direct from the EU producers and having it imported tariff free anyway.
    I tried that with tobacco, and guess what. It didn't work...
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    I tried that with tobacco, and guess what. It didn't work...
    That’s because of the first part of my comment :-)

    A carton of cigarettes (200 ciggies) is, what, £80? Take 20% VAT off, then take roughly £50 excise duty off:

    Tobacco Products Duty rates - GOV.UK

    Duty rate from 00:01am 20 May 2017
    Cigarettes£207.99 per 1,000 cigarettes plus 16.5% of retail price
    A carton of duty free should, if it is truly duty free, be around £10.

    It’s not. Because although excise duty is charged and returned by the retailers, there’s nothing to stop them increasing their retail margin.

    If you pay £60 in “duty free” for a carton instead of £80, it’s because the retailer is making a 600% markup on their usual retail margin.

    Edit: the vast majority of cigarettes in the U.K. are imported anyway......
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