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BRITS RACING IN EUROPE TO BE HIT BY LATEST BREXIT ‘TAX’

The ACU has today issued a press release that explains how UK racing motorcycles being taken to European events now need a carnet to travel. And it's the opposite of cheap...
The ACU issued a press release today that explains how racing motorcycles being taken to European events (from the UK) now need a carnet to travel. And that carnet is the opposite of cheap, check out the following section of the ACU release:
 
“The Auto-Cycle Union has secured a special deal with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) for ACU members of a fixed price processing/arrangement fee of £240+VAT. This is discounted from the standard fee of £330+VAT that non-members of the GBCC would pay.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is appointed as part of a network of Chambers around the country to issue ATA Carnets.
The second part of the fee is the Premium. This can either be a refundable deposit of 40% of the vehicle’s value or a non-refundable insurance premium to cover the 40% proportion of the premium.”
Our reading of that – yeah it’s going to cost you £288 plus a refundable deposit of 40% of the bike’s value (and for a new KTM you could be talking £4000!) or hopefully the £288 plus a fair deal on an insurance policy (from whom we don’t know and at what cost). But jeez, if you’re talking two bikes (like below) in a van going to say a European Enduro round then, yep, that’s £576 plus a deposit of £8000 please before you cross the Channel…
 
We’ll hopefully have some clarification on this soon, but on face value things aren’t looking flash.
 

For clarity and accuracy here’s the full ACU statement:

ATA Carnet – Movement of Motorcycle Vehicles Post-Brexit

 

On 31 December 2020, the temporary transition arrangements in place between the EU and the UK expired, affecting the movement of motorsport vehicles and equipment to the EU.

Following advice, The Auto-Cycle Union understands that an ATA Carnet will be required to temporarily move motorsport vehicles and equipment across to the border. An ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that operates like a passport for your goods.  It allows the temporary importation of goods into countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system (the EU and 40+ additional countries) and avoids you having to pay unnecessary taxes or duties.

ATA Carnets cover all goods that are leaving the UK and returning within a 12-month period.  They do not cover disposable goods (oil, fluids) that will be used while out of the country or items that will not be returning to the UK.

The ATA Carnet simplifies the customs procedure into a single document and makes the importation process much quicker and easier to handle.  To avoid unnecessary border delays and customs checks the carnet should be acquired in advance of travel.

There are two parts to the carnet:

1.            The processing/arrangement fee of the paperwork (VATable)

2.            The premium (non-VATable)

The Auto-Cycle Union has secured a special deal with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) for ACU members of a fixed price processing/arrangement fee of £240+VAT. This is discounted from the standard fee of £330+VAT that non-members of the GBCC would pay.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is appointed as part of a network of Chambers around the country to issue ATA Carnets.

The second part of the fee is the Premium. This can either be a refundable deposit of 40% of the vehicle’s value or a non-refundable insurance premium to cover the 40% proportion of the premium.

Applying for ATA Carnets:

Carnets are applied for through an electronic portal called ‘E-cert’ and processed and posted out next day delivery or made ready for same day collection.

A walkthrough of the process and further information for Auto-Cycle Union members is available here

Please do not call The ACU with any ATA Carnet enquiries, but Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Carnet Specialist, Jonathan Crosbie, can be contacted by Auto-Cycle Union members on 0121 274 3217.

GBCC also offer an express ATA Carnet service for Auto-Cycle Union members for a £35+VAT premium (normally £75+VAT), and if all the information is available and correct an express Carnet can be turned around in as little as one hour (Monday-Friday 0800-1600).

To access the Auto-Cycle Union ATA Carnet discount with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, please reference your 2021 ACU Club Affiliation Code and the name in which it is registered when applying.

If you have any questions with travel to Northern Ireland, please contact HM Government Trader Support Services calling 0800 060 8888

For information on travelling to and from the Republic of Ireland please click on the links below:

https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/index.aspx

https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/temporary-admission/types-of-goods/personal-effects-and-goods-for-sports-purposes/index.aspx

 

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