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Das,It's my pleasure to help answer this if I can. : )  The system is actually a good deal easier than you'd think.  I plan on adding a full on post about this on my blog sometime soon, but for now, let me give you the brass tacks version.#1) In the USA, unless your product is very large, you probably want to ship USPS.  The rates are much much better.  Use Stamps.com to get the shipping rate discounts, you'll save as much as $1 per package or more.  Then cancel after the first month (which is usually free anyway).#2) In the EU, contact a fulfillment center.  Spiral Galaxy is in the UK, Happy Shops are in Germany.  I know there are more you can hunt down.  I strongly do not recommend Ideaspatcher (aka MorningPlayers).  They were once great, they are now sadly unreliable.Make sure when you contact them you ask if they act as your "Importer of Record" and will pre-pay the VAT for you.  You can then pay them for it together with the shipping fees.Plus, shipping from within the EU will be cheaper per package than shipping TO the EU from the USA.Of course, freight shipping it there will be a very noteworthy extra cost, that somewhat offsets with the per-package savings.#3) You can also try to avoid VAT in other areas (Canada / Australia) by doing similar things.  I've found that Canada has far fewer VAT restrictions than the EU (which is the ultimate VAT factory), and Australia has about the same low level (especially for less expensive products).  Here you'll have to decide what's worth it for you and your backer pool.  You'll have about 6% of backers in Canada and far less in Australia.  This % can certainly vary by product, price, and shipping costs, etc.Aside from the missing detail associated with the unique process for your product and the company you choose, that's really all there is too it.  Companies like Spiral Galaxy and Happy Shops have taken advantage of the Kickstarter model and the difficulty VAT poses for USA companies to create a solution for us.  It works out for everyone as you don't have to ship as much yourself, EU gets the taxes they want, and your backers don't have to be the ones paying it.  (BTW: YOU pay VAT on the manufacturing cost at 19%, backers pay VAT on the product price at 19%, so if costs you $1 but you charge $10, you'll pay 0.19c, but if you made backers pay by shipping from the USA they will have to pay $1.90!)Hope this helps you and many others!  Heart it if it helped. : )John Wrot!
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