Buying Tobacco Leaf ... Should You Be Worried?

Well, in a word ... NO!

Why should you be worried? Buying wholeleaf is 100% legal and there  is no duty or vat on it. What you do with it is up to you ... whether that be 1 kg of it or 10kg or virtually any amount when it comes to it.

You could sell it on ... again prefectly legal to do so. You could give it away, you could turn it into snuff or e-cig oil, you could turn it into pot-pourri, you could make perfume out of it .... the list goes on and on. None of this is the concern of HMRC.

Why is this? Well, despite all the rumours and myths there is NO HMRC laws and regs pertaining to the selling and purchasing wholeleaf tobacco. Got that? ...NONE!

Should they turn up (pigs might fly) on your doorstep asking questions about any purchases you've made .... simply ignore them . l wouldn't even open the door to them. They need a warrant to enter your premises and believe me they almost certainly won't have one! They rely on you consenting by saying such things as 'We need to ....' or 'Wed like to ...' blah blah blah. Their needs and likes are NONE of your concern..

Now should you process any of this wholeleaf into smoking tobacco then you are liable for Duty on this. lt is then up to you to inform HMRC that you owe them Duty. The thing is there seems to be no policy on when or how to do this. lf you make just 50g of smoking tobacco should you do it then? Maybe you only made half a dozen cigarettes ... should you do it then? Of course, commonsense tells you they haven't the manpower to check up on anyone buying wholeleaf and apart from that it just isn't practical or more to the point ... affordable.

As it stands, it;'s all academic anyway. We've been trying to talk to them for over 6 months on the issue of wholeleaf and they just will not respond! You can no longer just walk into one of their Customer Service Centres because they closed them all down! They've retired behind behind a wall of beaurocracy .... no direct e-mail addreses, no direct phone numbers ... just a helpline where the people manning them know bloody nothing! Sounds like Border Force doesn't it? ... well, it is just like that!

Wholeleaf Companies

We are going to do a report, survey on Wholeleaf Companies for you. There's some good ones and some that are not so good. There is one that wants your bank details, passport/driving licence, utility bills etc .... l kid you not! Anyone that deals with these needs their head testing in our opinion.

There is a company that is about to start trading from the EU. They say they will be doing smaller wholesale amounts than the usual 1000kg requirements. Some are a lower amount of 200kg but this still way too much for the home buyer. They've said they'll do 10-20kg upwards so it'll be interesting to see what they come up with.

ln the meantime we thoroughly recommend TL4U for your wholeleaf requirements and Rauchermann for your shredders. We'll add to our recommended list as we get them and should you be a Wholeleaf Company reading this ... contact us with who you are and we'll add you ... at our discretion of course! :)


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