Re:Vat/Export? Help please
My understanding of VAT is that any item manufactured and then subsquently sold in the UK will have VAT included. This may not be initially included in the 'cost price' of the item but upon paying for the item VAT will be included.
If the item is imported into the UK, unless the importer has a special set-up with UK customs (bonded warehouse) then VAT will have been paid upon arrival into the UK.
As from what you are saying, you are not the manufacturer of the supplements you are wishing to sell then all your supplements will at some point have VAT included.
The only exception to this is if you import from outside the EU, then wish to sell the supplements to countries outside the EU. This is where the 'bonded warehouse' comes into effect. This allows a company to import into this theoretical 'bonded warehouse' not pay VAT on the shipment before selling and subsequently exporting the items, thus avoiding paying the VAT. However any of these imported supplements that remain in the UK will have to have VAT paid on them. . can get tricky proving to HMRC which items stayed / left the country to avoid fraud.
Hope the above helps