Buying watches in Northern Ireland

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    Buying watches in Northern Ireland

    Anybody know where to go buy a watch in Northern Ireland? Also if I was to buy from the states off one of the sellers no this site would I be hit with a tax bill when it arrives here in NI?

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    Re: Buying watches in Northern Ireland

    Hi Jim,

    Sorry, I can't help with your first question. With regard to buying from the states, yes you will get a tax bill. You will be charged Import VAT at 20% on the value of the watch PLUS cost of shipping/insurance (e.g. watch costs £500, shipping/insurance is £30, VAT charged on £500+£30= £530). In addition, the carrier will charge an admin fee for processing the watch through customs on your behalf, this could vary from £8 to £15, or so.

    If the watch is sent via United States Postal Service (USPS) it will be processed by Parcelforce in the UK and there is a small chance that it may get through customs without any taxes be levied. But its better to allow for the import costs and if they're not charged treat it as a bonus. If the watch is sent via an independent carrier (UPS, Fedex, etc) then you can bank on being charged Import VAT. Section 2 of the attached link to HMRC site gives full details.

    HM Revenue & Customs

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    Re: Buying watches in Northern Ireland

    Thanks for the information, I think I will try stick to finding watches from EU countries. It's just everything in America seems much cheaper.

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    Re: Buying watches in Northern Ireland

    I'd imagine that your best bet would be to look around Belfast, but if I was you I think I'd use it an excuse to make a nice weekend watch hunting trip to either Dublin or maybe a little further across by ferry on to Manchester. I'm sure you'd find plenty of interesting watches in the shops there.

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