Online shopping from the UK after Brexit | International deliveries
You can still buy products from the UK after Brexit and have them delivered to Europe within days. Get yourself familiarised with the rules that apply after the transition period is over, whether you are selling, supplying or buying the goods from the UK. Choose a reliable company to manage post-Brexit online shopping deliveries with ease. Let our logistics experts guide you through the VAT and customs procedures and get acquainted with all the regulations concerning shipping from UK online stores after Brexit.
Delivery services from UK online stores after Brexit
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Order dispatch from the UK after Brexit: customs, duties and VAT
UK online shopping sites shipping internationally post-Brexit will not be directly facing additional charges on goods they send abroad. In most cases, the customer is liable for covering the VAT and the customs duties. At Eurosender we have gathered the necessary customs information that anyone selling online after Brexit from the UK should know about. Post-Brexit online shopping deliveries do not have to be a hurdle when you have the best courier companies and customs brokers by your side.
VAT on orders dispatched from the UK to Europe
Online stores selling to European customers will not be facing any direct charges on the goods they are offering unless they decide to take upon them part of the additional shipping cost and possible import fees by lowering the profit on their goods.
As of 1st of July 2021, some UK sellers will have the option to charge and collect the VAT at the point of sale. By doing so, UK sellers exempt EU customers from paying VAT to customs in the country of importation. VAT will be then declared and paid to the respective Member State via a One-Stop-Shop. From this date on, all goods must pay for VAT as the exemption for small consignments with a value up to £15 (or €22) will no longer be valid.
VAT on orders dispatched from EU to the UK
As long as the business selling the goods is registered in the UK for a UK VAT number, the VAT can be charged at the point of sale instead of being charged to the customer upon delivery or importation. In this case, VAT will be calculated based on the sale price of the goods rather than the import value which may include also shipping costs and other fees. After the 1st of July, VAT charges will be applicable to all commercial goods, and the exemption rule on items under £15 (or €22) will no longer be valid.
Please bear in mind that UK businesses need an EORI number after Brexit from any EU country for imports and exports.
Customs duties for goods bought in the UK and in the EU
There will be no customs duties if you are buying products from the UK or Europe after Brexit for orders up to £135 (or €150). Orders whose value is above the mentioned will undergo customs charges, and the amount will depend on the type of goods you are importing from the UK or from Europe.
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Guide to shipping from e-commerce post Brexit
Post Brexit shipping guide for e-commerce businesses
- Book the right transportation service for the type of product.
- Fill out the necessary documentation.
- Fill out the CN22 customs declaration if the value of the goods does not exceed £270.
- Fill out the CN23 customs declaration if the value of the goods exceeds £270.
- Attach the customs declaration with a protective cover on the outside of the package.
- Hand out the package for delivery.
Online shopping steps for individuals after Brexit
Placing Orders from the UK after Brexit
- Inform the store that you are arranging the shipping on your own.
- Select the desired countries on our booking tool.
- Indicate the store address as the pickup country.
- Select the delivery address and finish the ordering process.
- Prepare all the necessary import/export documentation.
Returning a purchase to the UK after Brexit
- Check the store policy to see if they cover the cost of return.
- Book a return shipping directly on our platform.
- After you finish filling out the required information in the empty fields, you need to fill out the necessary import/export documentation.
- The courier will collect the package form your house, or any other indicated address.
How will Brexit affect UK online sellers?
Many people were buying products from online marketplaces from countless UK stores. Most stores will still send parcels to the EU after Brexit; however, the prices may not be as appealing. Either the customer will have to bear the additional costs or the store. Let us consider both options:
- The customer will have to pay a higher price when online shopping from the UK after Brexit. The higher price will include the new transport solution from the logistics providers the import VAT and customs duties they may have to pay upon receiving the goods. This option is favourable to the seller, but not the customer.
- The seller will have to lower the price to match the final cost of a good bought in any other European store. This means a lower net gain for the seller, which is not favourable to them, but advantageous to the customer.
As in most cases, the solutions may not be favourable to both parties and the following should be expected:
- Exporting goods from and to the EU after Brexit will not be an attractive option, and most British sellers will consider serving the UK market only.
- UK customers will consider purchasing goods from UK online marketplaces.
- Irish customers from the Republic of Ireland turning to a German, or other EU marketplace to avoid paying import VAT and customs duties for goods sold in the UK market.
- Many businesses will consider hiring customs brokers when shipping to Europe after Brexit.
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