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Can I claim a VAT refund if I am travelling overseas?

When we export an item outside the EU, the customer can pay the VAT-free price (all prices on our website include VAT at the current rate). However, if we deliver an item to a UK address we have to charge VAT, even if the customer is about to travel to a destination outside the EU.

Unfortunately, VAT cannot be reclaimed on newly purchased items to be exported outside the EU if those items have been bought from an on-line business. Therefore, we are sorry but we cannot help you reclaim the VAT on your purchases from us.

More information can be found on the HMRC website (opens in new window).


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