I have not started my company yet but want to purchase hats from China but would like to obtain a sample first. I will be approaching a number of companies in the first instance. Will I have to pay VAT? Do I need to obtain an EORI number first? What is the best way to proceed?
Once I have determined that I like the particular hat/hats, I would like to purchase them. Given that the various hats may be made of different fabrics, do I have to submit each hat application separately for each company that I purchase it from or can I submit this as one request when applying for the correct code?
All help/pointers will be greatly appreciated.