As some retailers avoid shipping to the continent, shoppers report unanticipated VAT or customs duty bills
Shoppers in Europe who purchase U.K. items ranging from furniture to pet food Companies are collecting unwanted VAT and customs duty bills or discovering that even household names have stopped exporting to the continent as post-Brexit trade rules kick in. For our bathroom, we bought €47 [£42] worth of shelving from Next,” said Thom Basely, who lives in Marseille. “We got a ‘import duty/tax’ demand of over €30, like a ransom note, the morning it was supposed to be shipped.
A man from Frankfurt who ordered cycling clothes from a British company received a tax and duty application for € 102, while a woman in the Netherlands who purchased a pair of pants “without any problems” in December received a bill for € 40 for two more pairs she ordered in January. Chris Hickson, a former logistics and freight forwarding specialist living in France, said several people may have been shocked because they thought the U.K. was negotiating a duty-free trade deal. And the EU meant that there would be no extra charges of that sort. Hickson said, “Unfortunately, tariffs are not the same as customs fees,”
“Other European buyers have been told that due to Brexit constraints, even famous British stores such as the Fortnum & Mason luxury goods store “unfortunately can not supply items to European countries at this time. “Yeah, even Fortnum and Mason can no longer sell to Europe.
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Also disappointed is the John Lewis department store chain, popular with Britons living in the EU who respected its “never knowingly undercut” price match guarantee and reliable customer service: the retailer provided EU delivery until December on several items sold via its website, including clothes.
“Now, anyone requesting delivery to Europe is welcomed by a page that says, “Some vendors, such as George at Asda, have promised not to charge extra, but other foreign platforms, including Asos, have stopped deliveries from their U.K. sites to Europe, instead sending customers, for example, to national versions in France. David Martin, who lives in central France in the Creuse region, said he said he was.
Tariffs are indirect duties on goods from foreign countries paid to importers. Hickson said that tariffs are most frequently charged by international shipping firms responsible for transporting the goods, such as DHL or UPS, with buyers being told of the fee before delivery (and expected to pay it). “Many sellers are not yet aware that this is the case, or if they are, they are not yet aware that this is the case.” Those worth less than EUR 150 should not be subject to customs duties. The price varies by product, but the site cited a sneaker ordered for €270 on a British website but made and shipped from there in China.
Adding 16.9% customs duty and 20% French VAT, the expense will be about £ 378, the site said. Continental shoppers could no longer be paying U.K. On their U.K. VAT Purchases, but in their country of residence they will have to pay local VAT, but this will be waived until 31 July for orders under EUR 22. On orders worth less than 150 euros, sites such as Amazon are allowed to charge continental VAT. “This situation is very complicated,” Hickson said. “My advice to all people of the EU, di di