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Horror Story: don't take a good fiddle through Germany


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A Hypothetical question here:    Let's say I choose to relocate to South Africa from the U.S.  At the same time Merkle decides to make the move to a E.U. country to continue violin repair studies.  I find out where he is working and decide to send him a fiddle for extensive repairs.  I agree with the approximate estimate and agree to wait it out some months until ready.

Am I to understand that I will have to pay Merkle's price for labor and such along with an unmentioned E.U percentage fee just for doing business with an E.U. based establishment?   Remember,  I'm way far south of any e.u. member country.

About the D.G. fiddle.   Seems to me the lawman did the right thing in regards to the situation presented.  Question remains did he really notice a fiddle case hanging loose or was he tipped off from another source. 

I also noticed how Flyboy would try changing wording in increments during the older discussion.

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^I haven't started my "violin repair studies" so it'll be awhile before I go abroad to continue them,..  I think it comes down to if necessary being able to prove you own something and since when have you owned it.  I think if you owned it before you moved to Germany it's none of Germany's business.  But if you already live in Germany and then buy it and try to bring it into the country it's a thing.

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On 5/12/2019 at 4:51 PM, uncle duke said:

A Hypothetical question here:    Let's say I choose to relocate to South Africa from the U.S.  At the same time Merkle decides to make the move to a E.U. country to continue violin repair studies.  I find out where he is working and decide to send him a fiddle for extensive repairs.  I agree with the approximate estimate and agree to wait it out some months until ready.

Am I to understand that I will have to pay Merkle's price for labor and such along with an unmentioned E.U percentage fee just for doing business with an E.U. based establishment?   Remember,  I'm way far south of any e.u. member country.

About the D.G. fiddle.   Seems to me the lawman did the right thing in regards to the situation presented.  Question remains did he really notice a fiddle case hanging loose or was he tipped off from another source. 

I also noticed how Flyboy would try changing wording in increments during the older discussion.

When I sent my violin back to the maker in Cremona from Canada for repair under warranty, VAT was applicable on the declared value of the instrument, go figure that one! Didn't make any sense since the instrument wasn't being imported.

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On 5/14/2019 at 5:15 PM, Regor said:

When I sent my violin back to the maker in Cremona from Canada for repair under warranty, VAT was applicable on the declared value of the instrument, go figure that one! Didn't make any sense since the instrument wasn't being imported. 

Kind of surprising to me.

"Goods Returning to Canada Having Been Repaired Outside of Canada"

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html

Policy in U.S. seems to be duty-free warranty repairs

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/377/~/duty-on-goods-purchased-overseas-being-exported-for-repair%2C-alteration%2C

 

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