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Old 10.03.2009, 13:33
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Re: Importing a MTB from N. Ireland via Dublin to CH - VAT Help!

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Damn, that's complicated. I got 17% off the retail price off my 5.5 (Before the news of the tracer was even released) at the shop I bought mine at.

Either way it will be an amazing bike. I went from a Trek Fuel EX to the 5.5 and found it a big step. Absolutely amazing bike. I believe the Tracer is a serious step up again. Your build will be perfect for the trails we find around here. You are going to have an amazing summer if you get out on that often.

Oh yes, I intend to get out as often as possible on it. Can't wait actually.

I was out on my Epic the other week, but there's still too much snow at the moment for it to be much fun.

Will do the Engadine in the summer, and probably Lenzerheide too.
The rest i'll figure out as I go.....
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Old 10.03.2009, 13:35
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Oh yes, I intend to get out as often as possible on it. Can't wait actually.

I was out on my Epic the other week, but there's still too much snow at the moment for it to be much fun.

Will do the Engadine in the summer, and probably Lenzerheide too.
The rest i'll figure out as I go.....
Lots of top trails in those places. Some great point to point day rides perfect for your bike in the region between Lenzerheide, Davos and Arosa.
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Old 10.03.2009, 17:45
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Re: Importing a MTB from N. Ireland via Dublin to CH - VAT Help!

Yeah looking forward to it.

I also read your thread on the trails - there's a lot of great info there; will be good to try some of them out!
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Old 10.03.2009, 17:50
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Yeah looking forward to it.

I also read your thread on the trails - there's a lot of great info there; will be good to try some of them out!
There are some good ones out there.
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Yes, I believe you're right. They've told me that they take part in the retail export scheme, and so will prepare the VAT forms for me.

I think i'll write to the Irish revenue or the tourist authority to get a definitive answer on the north to south stamping thing.....
Thinking back, I believe you need to have the form stamped when leaving the EU. That would be Dublin airport. But it is UK VAT, I'm not 100 sure. A colleague of my husband imported something from the UK and we took the form back to Germany to get stamped, since that was the last boarder crossing when leaving the EU. You are supposed to have the goods ready for inspection, so go before check-in.
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Old 10.03.2009, 20:01
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Re: Importing a MTB from N. Ireland via Dublin to CH - VAT Help!

Yeah I think i've read something similar as well...but can't find the link now.....

which would mean that I take it to the cargo terminal in Dublin airport.

I've mailed the Irish revenue and HM customs in the meantime, let's see what they have to say....
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Old 12.03.2009, 00:33
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Re: Importing a MTB from N. Ireland via Dublin to CH - VAT Help!

Reply from Irish customs;

You will need to have the VAT retail Export form from the shop you purchased the Bike and get that stamped by Customs on your departure from Dublin. You do not need to get anything stamped leaving Northern Ireland.

You can ask for Customs in the Main Terminal to stamp it, there is a Phone in the Main Terminal in Arrivals Hall.

Very pleased to hear this, as otherwise it would have meant a trip to the customs office somewhere on the north/south border....which i'm sure would be fun

Just thought i'd share - seems you do indeed have to get it stamped at the last place before you leave the EU, or before you board a plane as suggested.

Thanks to all for your help.

Now just to book my Dublin odyssey.......

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Re: Importing a MTB from N. Ireland via Dublin to CH - VAT Help!

One last thing..... (for now...)

A colleague at work, suggested that if I have a good ride around the Irish country side, and bring in back looking used, then VAT on entry to Switzerland won't be a problem.

I am more than a little cautious of this idea, and considering i'm getting a very good deal, don't mind paying the VAT here.

Just wondered if anyone has any experience here?
I'm guessing as normal, something you import has to be officially 6 months old to avoid VAT.

Thanks again to all for your help!
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