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Dynorog
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 28 Feb 2021 :  16:20:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi,
Has anyone bought any parts from mainland Europe since Brexit?
I am looking at buying some bits from saabklubben just wondered about difficulties with VAT shipping costs etc
Cheers

Dynorog

MARK DRANSFIELD
Starting Member

United Kingdom
18 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2021 :  08:12:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yes, I recently bought some parts from Petri at....
http://skanmobileclassics.com
in Germany, without a hitch.
I paid in Euros direct to their bank account using TransferWise.
(If you haven't heard of TransferWise I recommend checking it out. I've used it a few times now and it saves a fortune in foreign exchange fees.)
The parts arrived in less than a week, shipping was 10 Euros on a fuel filler hose and a couple of other small bits, but the parts themselves were reasonably priced. They were parts that were out of stock at UK suppliers otherwise I'd have used them.
Mark

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2008 9-3 Convertible
1975 96 in Green
1957 Austin Metropolitan

Edited by - MARK DRANSFIELD on 07 Mar 2021 08:19:09
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1491 Posts

Posted - 04 Apr 2021 :  23:08:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I can certainly vouch for Transferwise, been using them for years. Very cheap to send money to continental Europe. Literally a couple of quid or so, instead of the 25 or 30 quid that banks charge.
They have just changed their name to simply WISE.

I have no personal experience of buying stuff from Europe post Brexit, but have heard anecdotally that there are all sorts of charges that were not there, before Brexit. Great idea, eh???

There's an extensive thread on the subject, started by myself, across on UKSAABS. Link below.

https://www.uksaabs.co.uk/UKS/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=203774

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro
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Dynorog
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United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 05 Apr 2021 :  14:25:34 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Mark and Andy,
Thank you both for your response to my query.
Mark so sorry I have only just seen your post I subscribed to this topic but didnt have a notification until Andy posted yesterday.
I would have responded much sooner.
This Brexit lark is a real dogs breakfast.
I have asked Skanmobile for a shipping quote today for a front floor section so I'll see what they say. I will also have a look at Trasferwise
Cheers





Dynorog
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Dynorog
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2021 :  13:37:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Ordered some parts from Saab Club Sweden this morning and have been emailed back to say
Hello Roger.

We can not send you the spareparts becuse of brexit sorry.

Vnliga Hlsningar:
//Helena
Svenska Saabklubbens
Reservdelsverksamhet



But I wont get Political Ill just grin and bear it!!!!xxxx##!####


Dynorog[

Edited by - Dynorog on 14 Apr 2021 13:42:07
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green96v4
V4 Mad

Canada
591 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2021 :  14:30:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote
can I ask what the issue is with shipping from Europe? is it that they can't figure out VAT? (or just a "boycott" due to the UK leaving)

surely there's a reciprocal agreement on VAT (no VAT on exports and it's paid at the entering country's border) now no different to if I was ordering parts from Canada

or am I missing something?
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2018 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2021 :  16:47:08 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I'd suggest the Swedish Club either haven't done their homework or can't be bothered to set up the system for the small number of overseas orders. Swedish companies selling Volvo parts are having no problems AFAIK.
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1491 Posts

Posted - 14 Apr 2021 :  22:13:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Derek
I'd suggest the Swedish Club either haven't done their homework or can't be bothered to set up the system for the small number of overseas orders. Swedish companies selling Volvo parts are having no problems AFAIK.


SAAB Klubben in Sweden told me on the 27th of January, that they would still be selling to the UK, and in fact told me that they would be selling at export price, ie free of Swedish VAT, though VAT would of course have to be charged when the parts arrived here.

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro

Edited by - andydeans3 on 14 Apr 2021 22:16:31
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Dynorog
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United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2021 :  07:20:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thats strange Andy, as you can see their E mail to me doesnt leave me in much doubt.
May be they just havent got things sorted yet.
Cheers

Dynorog
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1491 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2021 :  10:20:37 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by green96v4
can I ask what the issue is with shipping from Europe? is it that they can't figure out VAT? (or just a "boycott" due to the UK leaving)

surely there's a reciprocal agreement on VAT (no VAT on exports and it's paid at the entering country's border) now no different to if I was ordering parts from Canada

or am I missing something?



I honestly do not believe it's any sort of boycott, that would be in no ones interest.
I believe, (and there is a lot of confusing information on the subject), that as Derek says, you have set up some sort of bureaucratic process in order to sell to the UK. Quite why, I have no idea.
The small amount of business that the SAAB Klubben does with the UK, probably doesn't justify it.
I have been in touch with them this morning, ( I want one of those rear pinion gearbox bearings), and they do say that they are trying to found a solution, but don't sound too hopeful.
Ah Brexit, it just continues to give!



1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro

Edited by - andydeans3 on 15 Apr 2021 10:22:17
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
3342 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2021 :  11:41:06 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andydeans3
I believe, (and there is a lot of confusing information on the subject), that as Derek says, you have set up some sort of bureaucratic process in order to sell to the UK. Quite why, I have no idea.
Yes, correct, but that in itself is nothing to do with brexit, it just coincides with it as new international (global) agreements on VAT collection and customs processing have come into force as of 1/1/2021 too. What it comes down to is that for sales of up to a certain amount, sellers now have to collect VAT for the country they are selling to, instead of national customs organisations doing it at the border as was the case until 1/1. Within the EU this is not an issue as there's a customs union and buyers pay the local VAT tariff of the country they purchase from, but Brexit isn't helping as we're now outside this union. Many courier firms have either suspended or completely stopped cross channel services because of the Boris & pals inflicted mess at the border. I hope he gets his act together quickly and negotiates a customs agreement with the EU as soon as possible...

www.saabv4.com
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green96v4
V4 Mad

Canada
591 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2021 :  12:17:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I agree with you Andy, boycotting the UK (and it's strong following for SAAB) would be in no one's interest - Melle has probably hit the nail on the head that it coincides with other changes and they just haven't figured things out yet

It would be interesting to see if I did order parts for export to Canada what they'd say (unfortunately I don't need anything at the moment)

Off original topic, Andy - your dash badge is on it's way, VAT free ;)
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deggsie
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United Kingdom
403 Posts

Posted - 15 Apr 2021 :  22:37:58 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I too was in touch with the SSK yesterday (looks like they had quite a flurry of enquiries from UK in the last 24 hours) and was told they were having trouble "getting the VAT number" - which I took to mean that they were attempting to register for VAT in the UK, which would enable them to charge/account for the UK VAT on their orders (in the same way as Skandix, who seem to have got it sussed). They seemed genuinely disappointed at not being able to accept my order, no hint of a boycott !

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Dynorog
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United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 16 Apr 2021 :  08:06:35 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thats good news Deggsie
Cheers

Dynorog
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deggsie
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United Kingdom
403 Posts

Posted - 17 Apr 2021 :  14:10:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hmm, I think I may have been a bit premature in congratulating Skandix for having the post-Brexit VAT situation 'sussed' (though in reality I suspect the real fault may lie with UK Border Force)!

I've been tracking a parcel of C900 brake parts that I ordered from Skandix on 9th Apr; all going really well(it reached Parcelforce Inverness depot last night) but this morning it became clear that HMRC had levied charges for Import Duties and 'Handling' (unexpected, but fair enough), but also UK VAT - which I have already paid to Skandix !!

I'm told Parcelforce have written to me (how quaint) to let me know how much is due and will not release my parcel until these charges are paid (I've managed to short-circuit this a bit by phoning to get the details and make payment).
There is a process for reclaiming Import Duty/VAT incorrectly charged by Border Force, but you need documents and/or information from the package in order to do so (Catch 22 or what ?).
So ... will let you know how things go !

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blue95V4
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
411 Posts

Posted - 21 Apr 2021 :  11:17:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote
One of the German Opel specialists I have bought from in the past has stopped mailing spares to the UK and doesn't respond to emails. Another one, found on eBay, doesn't seem to have any issues - I'm waiting for a new silencer (for the Opel GT) to arrive next week. The SSK "issue" seems strange, although I haven't bought anything from them this year; last purchase was a new heater valve for the 96 - expensive but very shiny!

David (96TT/c900S Aero Vert/9-3 Aero TTiD 180 SW)
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