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When I Ship Work Will I Pay Tax at the UK Border and How Much Will This be?


If you are based in the European Union, please read the question “Will Brexit mean I pay tax?”.


If you are based in a country outside of the European Union, keep reading as this applies to you.


There is no duty on handmade contemporary art work. But there is VAT tax to pay. However, this can be reclaimed back on products that you do not sell at the fair. In some cases, VAT tax is wavered because the amount is low.


If you wish to reclaim back tax, then you must obtain an EORI number. This is free to obtain online: https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/shortforms/form/EORINonVATImport  You can also pay an agent to fill this out for you for a small amount.


If you are travelling to the UK and bringing your work, and your products in total are over £5000, we suggest contacting an agent to do everything for you (contact the exhibition manager for information).