I have recently returned to UK after working abroad and intend to start work in UK at the beginning of April, to coincide with the new tax year. I am now a watchmaker and service/restore vintage watches. My customers will send me a watch to be repaired and they can be abroad.
I understand that if they are in the EU, the system will be very simple. It matters not what is declared to Customs for the value (and the shipment insurance) as all is within the common trading area and duty will never need to be paid.
I also have potential customers in countries outside of the EU. Obviously, if they send me a watch with a value of £1000 and insure it appropriately, everything will indicate to customs that I am importing a £1000 watch and they will try to charge me import duty on that amount. However, this is not the case as I will repair the watch and return it so import duty should never be due in UK and in their country, it should only be paid on my charges.
I would like to know how to resolve this with customs as there must be some form of wording or exemption that covers issues such as this.