Everything Thomann comes out of Germany. I have certainly paid tax coming into the UK. Sometimes the customs can't be bothered and it squeezes through, other times the tax alone can be half as much as the item I bought.
Thanks Chris. I just pulled the following from Thomann's website for UK delivery:
We take care of the custom declaration and you don't have any custom fees to pay."
However it doesn't say anything about VAT? So maybe I've been lucky?