British shoppers face holiday and online sales with Brexit tariffs


British clients would have to keep parcels at the post office from Jan. 1 before the fees are charged.

The government has confirmed that holidaymakers or online shoppers purchasing products from the EU worth more than £ 390 would have to pay customs fees. One of the most obvious effects of Brexit for customers will be the increased red tape and fees from Jan. 1, impacting them as much as corporations, but to a lesser degree, with an effect on online shopping. It will also herald the end of “booze tours” to Calais wine stores to stock up on drinks for special occasions as the unlimited alcohol permit expires.

EU alcohol for personal use would be limited to 42 liters of beer, 18 liters of wine and 4 liters of spirits or liqueurs with an alcohol content of more than 22%. A personal tobacco allowance of 200 cigarettes will be restricted. Shipping to friends and family will also become more bureaucratic in the EU, including in Ireland. Customs declaration forms (CN22 or CN23) specifying the type of goods, their value and weight will have to be completed for anyone shipping parcels from Jan. 1. Letters and documents may be sent to the EU as normal, but the Post Office advises consumers to fill out customs declaration forms for all goods bound for the EU from Dec. 29 to ensure that parcels are Brexit-compliant when they arrive. Royal Mail notes that all consumers purchasing products from the EU must ensure that they comply with customs regulations and advises that before they can receive their shipment, they will have to pay customs duty, VAT or handling fees. This may have unpleasant implications for UK customers buying goods from the EU and for EU residents buying goods from the UK for online shopping. The post-Brexit regulations are clarified by newly released government guidelines for importing goods into the UK. Goods up to a value of £ 390, or £ 270 for those arriving at airports by private plane or ships, will be permitted via the green channel. The notice notes, “Those importing goods purchased on a holiday or business trip will be charged a duty of 2.5% on goods valued between £ 390 and £ 630, with different rates, depending on the type of goods, applicable to more expensive goods.”

“Any amount above that is subject to excise duty and VAT and may also be subject to VAT and handling fees depending on the value of the item being shipped and whether it is a gift or a commercial item, Royal Mail stated: “For goods under £ 135 (excluding gifts), VAT is paid directly when the items are ordered online. Royal Mail can collect VAT and customs charges from the customer for goods over £ 135 (and gifts over £ 39) before delivery. “well placed” the government says it is “We are working closely with government and other stakeholders to ensure all cross-border mail continues to flow efficiently.” to handle the effect of the customs reforms that already apply to goods heading to non-EU countries.


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