You could be charged import tax when Elios is returned to you after maintenance or repairs.
Having to pay the VAT is standard when receiving a shipment, at Flyability we pay the VAT ourselves whenever a customer sends a UAV for maintenance or repair.
But you will get this VAT paid back by the tax department when you make your VAT declaration.
What is important to get your VAT back is that you keep a registry of the shipments to and from us, meaning you have to keep a folder with:
- The proof of export (for example the UPS or DHL tracking)
- A copy of the proforma you used to ship the UAV back to us
- A copy of the proforma we have used to ship the UAV back to you
Then you have to make sure that your quarter VAT declaration shows an invoice of 100% of VAT.
The proformas used to ship to us and back to you must have the same value, so we emphasize that our customers use OUR proforma template with the value of 3000 CHF.
This 'pay back' system can be avoided by declaring a "temporary import". However the customs paperwork for this also carries costs, which you cannot get back.