BREXIT – An Update on Possible Changes following the UK leaving the EU
Following the UK leaving the European Union on 31 December 2020 at 11pm, we wanted to assure all our customers that we have everything in place to continue supplying goods all round the world in much the same way as we have always done. However, we understand that there is a degree of uncertainty around the inevitable changes, and we have written this page to give you answers to the frequently asked questions, and to make sure all our customers are kept fully up-to-date with any issues or possible delays that may affect our service.
Firstly, as we already ship to non-EU countries on a daily basis, we already have all the systems and processes in place to make a seamless move over to the new rules. We are pleased to be in a very strong position to continue to service our customers in exactly the same way as we do currently and, in terms of the service we are able to offer, nothing significant will change.
We are well prepared for shipping with our delivery partners and have been working hard to get all preparations in-place to allow us to have a smooth transition. We have so far seen only minimal disruption to deliveries where our delivery partners have been adjusting to the new rules and processes that need to be followed. We will keep this page updated regularly with any delays that we encounter although we anticipate that beyond minimal teething problems, business should carry on as normal.
Please see details below.
How Does Brexit Affect Deliveries to Northern Ireland from GB?Our main distribution centre is in the UK and as Northern Ireland is part of the UK internal market deliveries will continue as normal.
Do I have import Duty to pay on orders?No – we are still part of the UK internal market so there is no extra duty or import tariffs to be paid on any orders placed with us and all prices include VAT.
Do I have import VAT to pay on orders?No – all prices include VAT where applicable and you will have no further tax to pay on receipt of your goods. The UK VAT rates apply as normal, including exemptions (for example there is no VAT payable on children’s clothing)
Changes following BrexitWe might have a bit more paperwork to organise our end, but for you there should be no changes in ordering from us post-Brexit.
How Does Brexit Affect deliveries from the UK to the ROI?We are already VAT registered in the ROI so we will collect VAT as normal when you order. We are now shipping all orders 'Delivery Duty Paid' which will enable a smoother delivery process with no extra fees for importing.
Do I have import Duty to pay on orders?No, we are using a Delivery Duty Paid service for all orders so we are paying any duty and taxes due on your behalf and your order should arrive at your door with nothing more to pay. Please see the guidance issued by Revenue Ireland: https://www.revenue.ie/en/importing-vehicles-duty-free-allowances/buying-of-goods-online-for-personal-use/index.aspx
Do I have import VAT to pay on orders?As we are already VAT registered in the Republic of Ireland and all our prices include VAT as normal. As we are using a Delivery Duty Paid service for all orders we are paying any duty and taxes due on your behalf and your order should arrive at your door with nothing more to pay. If you are charged import VAT by Irish customs we will cover any charges for VAT - please contact us for advice
Changes following BrexitThere are various changes in ordering from us post-Brexit but we are working hard to minimise any disruption, fees and costs. Please see the above link for country specific import guidance for Ireland
How Does Brexit Affect Deliveries from the UK to EU Countries?The UK has now left the EU VAT area. This means that we cannot collect VAT on behalf of countries with which we are not directly registered for VAT. With the exception of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Denmark where we will continue to collect VAT and pay this over to their respective governments, we will no longer collect VAT on goods purchased from other EU countries. Prices shown will be the ex-VAT price but in most cases you will still be required to pay VAT at your country's local rate on delivery.
Do I have import Duty to pay on orders?
Not on smaller orders below €150 - as part of the Free Trade Agreement there is no customs duty to pay on these orders. However, for orders above €150 you may be charged import duty, and administration fees by customs. Please see the guidance issued by the EU: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/individuals/buying-goods-services-online-personal-use/buying-goods/buying-goods-online-coming-from-a-noneu-union-country_en
Do I have import VAT to pay on orders?VAT is not due when the total consignment value is less than either €22 or €10 depending on the member state. Unless we have directly registered for VAT in an individual EU country under the EU distance selling rules, prices shown will not include VAT and VAT will be collected locally at your country's local rate instead. The price you pay to us for your goods will not include any VAT so the overall price you pay for goods from us should not change. There may be an administration charge from the courier for customs clearance.
Changes following BrexitPurchases from most countries will now require you to pay local VAT on delivery but as we will not be collecting VAT on the purchase price for your goods, but the non-VAT price of the product will not change change.
How Does Brexit Affect Deliveries from the UK to countries in the Rest of the World?Nothing has changed.
Do I have import Duty to pay on orders?Maybe – every country has different import duty and tariff rules and these will be applied by your local authority. We are required to submit paperwork and customs declarations with each shipment and unless there is a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the destination country (for example with Japan or South Korea), it is likely that you will have to pay some form of local duties on delivery – we advise you to check with your local authorities what local duties may be payable on goods before you order.
Do I have import VAT to pay on orders?Yes – it is likely you will have to pay import VAT depending on your local VAT scheme. Our prices shown will not include VAT and this will be collected locally at your country’s local rate instead. The price you pay to us for your goods will not include any VAT so the overall price you pay for goods from us will not change.
Changes following BrexitBrexit has not affected purchases from non-EU countries although it is hoped that it will accelerate Free Trade Agreements between the UK and third-party countries in the near future. Purchases from most countries will still require you to pay local VAT on delivery and as before, may require you to pay local import duty. We will and but as we will not be collecting VAT on the purchase price for your goods, the overall price you pay should not change.
Air Freight – as a significant proportion of international deliveries rely on cargo space within the passenger airline network, restrictions to air travel around the world have resulted in far fewer planes in the sky. As a direct result we have already seen an uplift in freight prices to various destinations and we will continue to monitor the situation. Due to coronavirus we have also seen temporary local restrictions imposed on arrivals by air which have resulted in short delays to some deliveries and we will continue to monitor these on a case by case basis and advise customers accordingly.
Road Freight – due to coronavirus we have seen temporary local restrictions imposed on crossings by road at the Channel Tunnel which have resulted in short delays to some deliveries which has now been resolved – we will continue to monitor these on a case-by-case basis and advise customers accordingly.
Sea Freight – we are currently seeing some congestion at the UK’s sea ports and there are currently significantly increased freight costs from the Far East to the UK and Europe. We are currently not anticipating any significant price increases as a result but it may have some impact on our import schedule resulting in minor delays to the availability of some goods. We will continue to monitor the developing situation.