We are a UK business. We have a UK customer who wants us to supply and ship some goods to their German customer's business address, where they will visit a week later to install the goods. These are large bulky pipework products and not possible for the customer to ship themselves.
We have experience with exporting goods to foreign businesses in the EU, and my experience says that there will be German VAT payable, and possibly some import duties.
My question is, if we are invoicing a UK customer, but shipping to Germany, will this be possible, or will we need to be invoicing a German entity with an EU EORI for German customs to accept the import into their territory?
If it will be impossible to ship without the consignee being shown as a German business, could a work-around be that we ask our UK customer to create the shipping documents (customs-invoice etc), showing their German customer as the invoiced business/consignee and their selling prices on the documents?