The Legal Stuff
By booking a climb with Team Kilimanjaro, while we hope you will thoroughly enjoy the convenience of having to deal with only one small, tight-knit team of thoroughly enthusiastic people who are very eager to please you, nonetheless, because of the way pertinent laws apply differently in each country, a number of different legal entities are involved:
Team Kilimanjaro is actually a trading name of Exposure Limited and is directly responsible for coordinating all aspects of the services that you pay for. Exposure is incorporated in Gibraltar with company number 116365, and tax number 681363. There is no VAT in Gibraltar.
The Payment Agent
Arien Lifestyle Limited is a limited company incorporated in the UK with company number 11217578, VAT number GB 288975812, and is the payment agent responsible for receiving and relaying payments from and on behalf of climbers. Exposure Limited chooses to subcontract a payment agent at a very competitively agreed commission, because of the uniquely advantageous banking facilities available to UK-incoporated companies, such as the ability to convert currencies instantly at Interbank rates.
Although value added tax is applicable on sales conducted within the UK, since the place of delivery of service that you are purchasing is outside the United Kingdom and the EU member states, Arien is required only to charge VAT on their services - which effectively equates to a very low rate in terms of the overall costs you pay via Arien Lifestyle Limited.
Appointing Arien Lifestyle Limited as the payment agent means that climbers may pay for their climb by bank transfer in any of the following currencies, without having to pay any commission or forex costs:
- Pounds Sterling - GBP
- United States Dollars - USD
- Euros - EUR
- Australian Dollars - AUD
- Canadian Dollars - CAD
- South African Rands - ZAR
The Tanzanian Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources has ruled that Mountain Climbing / Trekking licenses will be issued only to companies that are 100% Tanzanian owned.
When booking a climb with Team Kilimanjaro, we in turn subcontract Kilimanjaro Team Limited, a company incorporated in Tanzania with company number 126966, Tax Identification Number 130407595, Mountain Climbing / Trekking TALA Class "A" Tourism License number 125110, and Safari / Tour Operator TALA Clas "A" Tourism License number 125684.
Kilimanjaro Team in turn subcontracts drivers, mountain guides, cooks, porters and safari guides.
Kilimanjaro Team Limited works exclusively for Team Kilimanjaro, and thus, our expedition coordinators will commonly refer to Kilimanjaro Team Limited and Exposure Limited corporately as "we", even though legally they exist as separate and entirely distinct entities.