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Zeeschouw 16 Jul 2022 17:31 #130677

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Very probably but you need the depth from the side deck to the inside of the hull and use the calculation in HMRC 744C to be certain.

That doesn't get you out of completing the paperwork for temporary import - but if you decide to remain in UK or sell her in UK then your VAT should be zero-rated and only import duty paid (currently 1.5%).
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Zeeschouw 16 Jul 2022 12:33 #130671

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Thanks Andy,

I should have delved deeper as I see this is an extensively discussed topic. My ship 26.7x4.5m and built in 1903. Am I right in thinking this makes her a 'qualifying ship' and thus 0 % rated for VAT?

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Zeeschouw 16 Jul 2022 11:52 #130670

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Hello James,

Temporary importation would appear to be the route for you - start HERE and would give the ship 18 months in UK.

You will need to follow the full paperwork trail - but cheaper than paying VAT!
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Zeeschouw 16 Jul 2022 11:24 #130669

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Hi,

I'm considering bringing my barge to the UK this season. She's Dutch registered and has a fixed residential mooring in NL. If I intend to return to NL with her next year, how does that affect the VAT?

James

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Zeeschouw 21 Apr 2022 15:25 #129309

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Thanks Andy

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Zeeschouw 21 Apr 2022 09:59 #129295

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Hello John,

Welcome to the club!

The best investment you can make now is to purchase the newly revised Barge Buyers Handbook - only £10 to members - see the SHOP tag on the website.

Remember if you import a barge into UK from the EU you will be liable for UK VAT at 20% on the market value of the boat.

If it is small enough to go on a lorry that is the safest route but VAT will be charged on the transportation charge as well

You can, of course sail it across and the usual recommended route is Nieuwpoort to Ramsgate / Medway. There are professionals who will
do this for a fee.

Good Luck!
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Zeeschouw 21 Apr 2022 09:16 #129294

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Hi everyone, I am a new member and am looking for advice as I am thinking of purchasing a Zeeschouw sailing barge. I will mention that I have owned and lived aboard a traditional narrow boat for quite a few years.
I will be purchasing the boat in the Nederland, so I’m hoping for some advice on purchasing and transportation to the UK. I thank you in advance for anyone that can help
John

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