Brexit and Changes in 2021

From 1 January 2021, two significant changes to the delivery mechanisms for international ecommerce orders exported from the UK will take place:

  1. The EU Transition Period comes to an end (Brexit)
  2. All parcels containing "Goods" will require EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) to support CN22 and CN23 postal customs declarations

The risks for sending goods internationally through the postal network without electronic pre-advice data are:

  • Items could be returned or destroyed
  • Potential for significant delays
  • Potential for additional charges

Important information that needs to be provided for all exports EDI are:

  • Country of Origin
  • HS Tariff Code / Commodity Code

The UK Government has pledged to leave the EU Single Market & Customs Union, which means goods moving in either direction will have a customs border to cross, whatever the outcome of the negotiations and sold goods crossing customs borders will require customs declarations from the UK to any EU country.

For EU customers from January 2021 - June 2021:

€0 – €22
• Zero Import VAT*
• Zero Import Duty.

€22 – €150
• Import VAT will be applied at the domestic rate of the country where the parcels cross the border. We are VAT registered in Germany and France, so this will be collected at checkout.
• Zero Import Duty.

> €150
• Import VAT applied at the domestic rate of the country where the parcels cross the border.
• Import Duty also payable on many comodities.

Depending on the circumstances of the seller some, or all of the costs incurred at the EU border may be unrecoverable.

* This threshold will reduce to zero in July 2021 when the Import One-Stop-Shop (IOSS) VAT scheme comes into force meaning VAT will need to be collected at the checkout on all EU sales but can be remitted to all EU territories through a single registration.