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Brexit and spares?

Mike 40M

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VOC Member
As I have 8 old British bikes, spares and tools are often required from the UK. This year it seems to be a lot of extra costs and hassle to get them into the EU.
Not any immediate problem as the Comet works well. But how will the Spares company handle future needs from us foreigners?
 

bmetcalf

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Maybe the US doesn't levy duty on such things, but in 40+ years of buying spares from the UK, I've never paid any duty. Could the EU customs be acting "extra-strictly"?
 

Peter Holmes

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VOC Member
As I have 8 old British bikes, spares and tools are often required from the UK. This year it seems to be a lot of extra costs and hassle to get them into the EU.
Not any immediate problem as the Comet works well. But how will the Spares company handle future needs from us foreigners?
I am experiencing problems in the other direction, I ordered some goods on the 22nd December from a company in Finland, Scandinavian Outdoor, and they have not arrived yet, Scandinavian Outdoor assure me the goods are in the UK and as such it is beyond there control, Parcelforce, that should have taken over the delivery from GLS deny any knowledge of receiving the package, Scandinavian Outdoor blame Brexit and Covid-19, where we go from here I have no idea, but perhaps the shape of things to come, at least I can order my motorcycle from my home country.
 

Albervin

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
I think this will be a continuing problem for you. As I read it there will be a VAT discount and then a Euro tax (same amount). I really feel sorry for exporters over there as they have almost no input. Over here in the colonies it same as before. ALL items from UK and EU are exempt VAT and then we pay tax (sometimes) on entry. It has actually been very good for us because the lack of VAT often pays for postage. EXCEPT now some countries, like Austria, are placing a massive Covid tax on air freight. Luckily I have a friend in Austria who can post from Germany which makes for a big saving..
 

ray vinmad

VOC Drawings Manager
VOC Member
It might not all be down to Brexit. The UK postal `service' has been very poor since November, supposedly due to Covid.
We are still receiving Christmas cards and most of our arriving post was sent in December!
Ray
 

vibrac

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
The increase in air freight is due the lack of air traffic the post office is way down in employees because of sickness, it is the perfect storm Brexit and its paperwork is a temporary thing but with Covid interuptions what would have taken just weeks to get into the new procedures may well take months
 

The VOC Spares Company Limited

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
For the most part deliveries are happening albeit a bit late. It appears that staff shortage through Covid sickness is causing most of the delays and shortage of air freight capacity as there are few flights is causing cost increases.
I think the boarder delay issues are a combination of Brexit new documentation systems and Covid sickness which hopefully are only short term.
We are coping with the new documentation requirements and are sending parcels out on time but please allow for extra delivery time if possible because of things out of our control.
 

ericg

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Extra costs asked by carriers to cover the new paper workload they now have can't be attributed to the virus Colin. A friend just paid about 17€ for 20£ worth of parts plus custom charges!
Thanks to Brexit I'm afraid many suppliers of British bikes parts will see their incomes reduced as many will find cheaper and faster to buy from companies based in Europe.
 

HRD SUPER 90

Website User
VOC Member
There have been delays to parcels in both directions (out of and into the UK) for approximately 3 months now. I send parts from the UK to various countries most days and there doesn’t seem to be a single reason for the delays, it seems to be a combination of things. I’ve recently sent one parcel to Christchurch, New Zealand which arrived so quickly the buyer emailed to tell me he couldn’t get things from other parts of NZ that quickly! However, another parcel direct to Auckland took nearly 4 weeks.
The inconsistency in delivery times can be slightly frustrating but the customs forms aren’t a huge burden, and I’m sure things will sort themselves out in the future.
Andy Davenport
Vincent Parts supplier
 

timetraveller

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Andy, I'm glad you do not find the customs form a burden. I now have to put a customs classification number on parts sent out of the UK. The provision of these parts is a hobby for me just, to try and help fellow Vincent owners. Before I could just put 'parts for 1950 motorcycle' or, say, 'steering head for 1950 motorcycle' I am now supposed to find out what the official customs number is for springs, hydraulic dampers, steering heads etc, all still for 1950 motorcycles. And yes, I have gone to the trouble of getting the official documentation containing the classifications, and no, I still cannot find parts like those mentioned. What numbers do you use?
 

HRD SUPER 90

Website User
VOC Member
As there isn’t a customs classification specifically for parts for 1950s motorcycles I have been using the HS Tariff code for “motorcycle parts other”which is 87 14 10 90 90 and I have my EORI Number printed on some small labels Which I attach next to the customs form. No problems that I’m aware of to date. The postal delays were already happening before the Brexit transition period ended and parcels have been getting through with the above information. Hope this helps,
Andy Davenport
Vincent Parts Supplier
 

vibrac

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
Extra costs asked by carriers to cover the new paper workload they now have can't be attributed to the virus Colin. A friend just paid about 17€ for 20£ worth of parts plus custom charges!
Thanks to Brexit I'm afraid many suppliers of British bikes parts will see their incomes reduced as many will find cheaper and faster to buy from companies based in Europe.
Was the 17 euros including your countries VAT?
And then there is the cost of waiting for two days at Dover till France allowed the lorries in because of the new varient covid
 

ericg

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
17 € are on top of French VAT. DHL charged this because of extra paper work.
Of course Tim the delays are due to France and the Covid, not the Brexit!
 

Marcus Bowden

VOC Hon. Overseas Representative
VOC Member
Next time ask when you want some spares, there is no doubt some one traveling back and fourth, or the Austrian Vincent parts supplier, not tax from that direction, not even if you buy a Brough from them.
 

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