If you’re a vat registered company in the EU, you can buy without vat from other EU countries.
every other company I’ve ordered from allows this to be done at the point of the order.
UA for some reason don’t and you have to contact customer support to have it paid back. Which takes time, adds to book keeping etc etc.
Are you talking about Europe? the original post was about the UK.
This is what HMRC says:
'You can reclaim VAT on items you buy for use in your business if you're VAT registered. Do this in your VAT return.'
Obviously it's handy if you can buy things with the VAT immediately deducted at source, but as far as I understand it you can still claim it back every three months.
Also, regarding the first post, you never buy anything at the banking system's spot currency rate. I only use the daily conversion (EG: 0.79 pounds) as a rough guide. The only people who actually get that rate are banks and people constantly moving large amounts of currency.