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Brexit - How Much Will My Order Cost?

Brexit - How Much Will My Order Cost?

Posted by Paul Jordan on 11th Mar 2021

Brexit Information for EU Customers

The UK left the EU customs union on 01/01/2021 and there is now a customer border between the two territories.

We have created this guide to explain the additional costs and paperwork our EU customers can expect when ordering from us.

Please note: There are two types of charge that governments can add to items sent between the EU and the UK.

1) Sales Tax (VAT) – is a charge on the sale of goods and services. In the UK, VAT is charged at 20% so if you buy something for £100, the seller pays £20 to the government.

2) Import Duty – this is a different type of tax that is collected on imports by a country’s customs authorities. The amount is determined by the value and type of the goods concerned. Other names for this tax are customs duty, tariff, import tax or import tariff.

Orders Placed by EU Customers

The EU/UK trade deal means there is no import duty charged on most goods/services. However, couriers charge an additional “brokerage fee” to the costs of collecting VAT/import duty.

EU Individuals and Non-VAT Registered Businesses

  • You will not be charged VAT when placing your order
  • Your own country will charge VAT when the goods arrive.
  • No import duty will be charged on orders under €150/£135 (VAT still applies)
  • The EU/UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) means zero import duty will apply to most orders over €150/£135.
  • When the parcel arrives in your country, the courier will contact you to take your VAT payment (and import duty, if applicable).
  • You will be charged your country’s standard VAT rate
  • The courier will add a “brokerage fee” of approximately €15 to cover their administration costs.
  • Payment of all fees can be made online at the same time using a credit or debit card

EU VAT Registered Businesses

  • You will not be charged VAT when placing your order
  • Due to the EU/UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) zero duty will apply to most products. In the cases where duty does apply it will be between 3-10%.
  • No import duty will be charged on orders under €150/£135 (VAT still applies)
  • The courier will contact you to arrange customs clearance. You will need your EORI number to complete the import forms.
  • The courier service or freight company will contact you, using the email/telephone number you provided on your order, to arrange for customs clearance. As the importer you will need to provide your Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number and complete the customs entry.
  • The courier will add a “brokerage fee” of approximately €15 to cover their administration costs.
  • Depending on your country’s policy, import VAT may be payable prior to delivery, or deferred. You can reclaim 100% of the import VAT you pay.

Example of costs before and after Brexit

Carbon fibre fender, delivered to an individual in France: