This isn’t exactly a metalsmithing question but since there are so
many users in England I hope that I can get help with this question.
Does anyone know how temporary importation works in England?
I have a customer in England who would really like to be able to
view specific gemstones of mine to decide whether he wants to buy
them or not.
The idea would be that we ship the gem to the customer with a
temporary importation and then whether or not the customer wants it
he would ship it back to us in the USA. (Reexportation is a
requirement of a temporary importation as I understand it, not that I
understand that much about it.)
Then we could ship it to him in England with a normal importation
(subject to VAT) or hold it for later pick up at a show etc.
The reason we want to be able to do this is because we want to avoid
paying VAT on gems that he does not end up purchasing.
What can people tell me about this?
I would appreciate any help I could get on this.