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Import UK england price tax duty motorbike customs

For anyone interested in importing a bike into the uk (like me), i have recently (11.2006) found out from a uk customs man that 25% of the current value of the bike AND 25% of the cost spent shipping the bike, are charged as a seperate fee to her majesty... payable in the port/airport where it arrives. apparently you should watch out for the shipping company ´including´ these fees -sometimes they don´t pay them at the far end, so you end up paying twice.

this is a slightly generous figure, which he said he normally recommends people work by, so as not to feel shafted later on. it is the summary of the 6% duty and 17.5% VAT that are charged. it makes no difference where the bike is registered at the time of shipping.

umm... thats it. happy research.
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the import code for a 500cc -800ish?cc bike is 8711400000

if you need to find out another size machine´s code, call customs and excise tariff enquiry on +441702366077
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.... it makes no difference where the bike is registered at the time of shipping.
If the bike is registered in the EU, there is no import duty liability.
Even if you buy a new bike. You can buy it ex-vat in the EU country of origin and pay the vat on import/registration in the UK.

You mus mean importing from "the rest of the world"

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I thought if the bike (from non EU) was at least six months old there was no import tax?
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I thought if the bike (from non EU) was at least six months old there was no import tax?
Nope.

I think the 6 month thing is for people going to another EU country with the specific intention of buying a new bike/car. You can buy a bike, free of tax in say, Germany. You must then export it within 6 months (or stump up the taxes). If you then take it to the UK, (after 5 months), its liable to VAT because you dont have a VAT paid receipt.

The requirement is that tax must have been paid to an EU state to be free of tax in another EU country.

If you import from the US, the chancelor would not have had his pound of flesh so at a minimum, it's liable to VAT.

I don't know if there's an age at which tax is not liable.

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