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has any one imported a van either from the usa or any other country

if so how easy is it?

some of the specialist companies that import them seem to charge alot after importing them

i just wondered how easy it is to import yourself and roughly costs.

or does any one know any one who imports them at a resonable price

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ASH 54 said:
best advice I can give you is to ring Kingstown Shipping on 01482 374116
Agreed, about £1000 shipping then import duty and then VAT on top of that along with VAT on top of the price you paid for the van in the US. Kingstown will handle all the shipping and duty and VAT and present you with one bill. You will have to pay the seller seperately for the van itself.

At least that's how it worked when I imported mine. :hangloose
 

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How much tax you pay depends upon the price of the van. Import duty is about £50 I think. Then add the price of the van to the cost of the shipping and the cost of the duty and add VAT onto that.

So let's say the van costs you 3000, the shipping is 1000 and the duty is 50 so that's 4050; VAT on that is 708.75 so in this scenario you pay the shipping company 1050 + 708.75, and you will have paid the seller the 3000 already.

All figures are in GBP
 

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Also it's up to you to get it from the docks in the UK to where you are, although the shipping company can probably sort that for you as well if necessary.
 

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I didn't have any problems, but my brother had done it before and his boss imports a few vehicles.

Kingstown are sound in my experience. I actually insured the car whilst in transit for about 60 quid, just in case the boat sank or anything!
 

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aye again, Kingstown wer spot on for me! takes alot of the stress out of the whole process especially towards the end when the vehicle is about to arrive!
 

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thanks everyone

now i just need a trip somewhere to find a decent one

i'm getting more convinced that importing might be the way forward

thanks again
 

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The calculation is as follows for duty / VAT

All shipping costs + the value of the van.

Duty will then be taken at 10%

that amount will then be added back to your original shipping / value of van and VAT will then be taken at 17.5%

Example

Value of van = $15000.00
Shipping cost = $1800.00 (not sure about the actual cost - only used for calculation)
Total = $16800.00
Rate of exchange say $1.75 = £9600.00 **HMCE change this weekly
Duty @ 10% = £960.00
Add duty back = £10560.00
Import VAT @ 17.5% = £1848.00

Total duty / VAT / Shipping / van = £12408.00

Hope this helps.

Chong


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Chong said:
The calculation is as follows for duty / VAT

All shipping costs + the value of the van.

Duty will then be taken at 10%

that amount will then be added back to your original shipping / value of van and VAT will then be taken at 17.5%

Example

Value of van = $15000.00
Shipping cost = $1800.00 (not sure about the actual cost - only used for calculation)
Total = $16800.00
Rate of exchange say $1.75 = £9600.00 **HMCE change this weekly
Duty @ 10% = £960.00
Add duty back = £10560.00
Import VAT @ 17.5% = £1848.00

Total duty / VAT / Shipping / van = £12408.00

Hope this helps.

Chong

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So long as you can prove your veichle is EU manufactured Duty is fixed at £50. If it is a non Eu car coming back to the EU then you pay the full rate.
When I imported mine I arranged a shipping agent to work on mybehalf. I used Cal Ship. This way I could pay for the shipping in Dollars and saved myself about £400. Kingstown then acted as there agent UK side and I had to pay VAT on the value of the Bus and there handling Fee of £350. I ended up saving about £500 quid doing this way. it is a little more stressful, but nothing to frightening. I would certainly do it again.

Sonny
 

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really useful post have you got an email address and phone number for cal ship or who ever you used (couple of ciders mind going) where did they ship it to? I'm lookin at a sweet panel in california and want to get it back as cheap as poss matey is willing to give me a receipt for about a third of real cost which will help. any advice or contacts much appreciated . :D
 

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Buying the vehicle is the easy bit ;)

Getting it back is more of a challenge if you're not using someone like the company said earlier. Not imposible by any means - just takes a bit of time.
 
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