Auction Fees

Below, as a buyer you will find an overview of all fees at Sylvie's. 

Hammer price, VAT and buyer’s commission

The hammer price is the price mentioned in the auction room. It is a price before additional cost.

Regular sales

Sylvies' auctions include both wines subject to VAT (‘VAT lots’) and not subject to VAT (‘margin lots’). Typically the majority of the wines in an auction represent margin lots. VAT lots are marked with a bullet after the lot number or with an asterisk on the App. The Belgian VAT amounts 21%.

The buyer premium is 20% inclusive of VAT (rounded 16,53% excluding VAT) over the hammer price.

For VAT lots, the VAT over the lot price and over the buyer premium does not apply for buyers outside the EU, if the wines are shipped outside the EU. Within the EU the VAT is deductible for Belgian legal entities subject to VAT (‘companies’) and for non-Belgian companies registered within the EU the VAT can be shifted to another VAT number (according to article 138 EU Directive 2006/112/CE), if the wines are shipped outside Belgium. For margin lots the 20% buyer premium applies to all buyers.  

Sales "under bond"

For sales under bond all lots are subject to VAT. Wines under bond are temporarily stored in the Port of Antwerp free of VAT and excise, as long as they are bonded. Buyer will move the wines from our bonded warehouse to his planned destination and will – depending on the destination - take care of applicable VAT, excise and tax formalities. The buyer premium of a bonded sale is 20% exclusive of VAT (24,2% inclusive of VAT).

A time frame will be communicated for the collection of your purchases. In order to have no VAT or excise on your invoice, you have to take into account this time frame.

Transport costs

You are free to choose your way of transport. You can collect your wines by yourself, by a carrier of your choice or have Sylvie's a shipment organized for you. If Sylvie's organizes delivery for you, you pay shipping costs to Sylvie's. Sylvie's will pay the carrier on your behalf.

The transport costs on your invoice are expressed as a single amount apart from all-risk insurance. It comprises costs for transport and packaging material. The only extra packaging costs might be for Styrofoam packaging or comparable secure packaging. Traditional Sylvie's packaging in boxes with a double cardboard layer does not incur any additional packaging costs.

If you buy wines to the value of more than €5000.00 in Benelux, our drivers will deliver these wines to you free of charge. 

Free storage

For a period of up to 6 months after purchase, you pay nothing for storage.

For extended use of this storage, a pallet price of €150.00 per pallet per month will be charged, unless otherwise agreed in writing. More information about storage for a longer period of time can be found under ‘shipping conditions’.

Free auction pictures

Up to 10 photos of your auction can be requested free of charge. If you would like more pictures, you may request a quote. Sylvie's offers this additional service if capacity allows.

Easy import

As a buyer, when importing wine to a country outside the EU, you are responsible for the payment of all costs associated with importation. In practice, carriers will arrange this for you if importation into your country is allowed.

If Sylvie's organizes transport for you, you will pay the costs according to the carriers' specifications for door-to-door delivery, including the costs for importation.

You should always check the regulations in force in your country and you remain ultimately responsible for the payment of any importation costs. Sylvie's will never be held liable for this.  


Anyone holding an excise permit can apply for an Excise Accompanying Document (EAD) via Sylvie's. The fee for this is €50.00 ex VAT per document. These documents are provided free of charge if your purchases amount €15.000,00 or more.  


Sylvie's organizes this document for €12,50 for each certificate. They are provided free of charge if your purchases amount €15.000,00 or more.

Bank charges

Bank charges will be borne solely by the buyer. If you wish to pay by credit card, we charge 1.5% of the value of your invoice for this service. For credit card payments we ask new buyers for their explicit permission and follow a procedure to verify their identity. Without willingness to cooperate with this procedure, Sylvie's does not accept payment by credit card.

Bespoke services

Any costs not mentioned on this page are costs that might arise from bespoke services, based on requests from the buyer.      

History of updates since 18th of August 2019

- 28th of September 2019  

EAD/DAE and Certificates of Origin free available for purchases above €15.000,00

Added procedure for new buyers who like to pay by credit card 


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