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#270390 7-May-2020 09:21
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I'm looking to purchase around NZ$7,000 (inc 20% VAT) worth of goods from a UK and ship to NZ (about a half-pallet).


The supplier only deals locally so won't arrange shipping or offer zero-rated VAT invoice for export.


I'd obviously like to avoid paying both $1,200 VAT on export, then another $1,200 GST on import...


Theoretically if a UK-based business / freight forwarder was to purchase the goods on my behalf, they should be able to claim back the VAT for themselves, then "resell" and ship to me ex VAT + shipping & processing fees.


Does anyone know of any UK businesses providing this sort of service? Or had any luck claiming back VAT for commercial exports? (Where invoice is not zero-rated).



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  #2478482 7-May-2020 11:07
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I'm surprised that for that size order, they can't be bothered selling it to you VAT-free.  I've recently bought a handful of things from different UK suppliers, and whenever I've pointed out that it's for delivery to NZ and VAT shouldn't be added, they've applied no VAT.  Is it worth trying to persuade them of this?  Are they the only possible supplier?

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