VAT Payment on goods imported from USA


I’m about to rent (monthly basis) specialist auditory equipment from the USA to help in professional treatment of anxiety. This involves receiving headphone/MP3 package from USA.
USA Company has informed me that they will add 20% VAT to the invoice at source. Is this correct? I want to avoid paying VAT twice.


Hi there,

I hope you get an answer to your question shortly.

In the meantime, I recommend also looking at the Institute of Export and International Trade’s helpdesk for more specific advice:

We also ran a webinar on VAT recently which you can find at:

The OTE team

Export Action Plan