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Brexit: Receiving goods from the European Union

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Receiving goods from the European Union (EU) will now be treated in the same way as receiving goods from non-EU countries. For the import of most goods not exceeding £135 the point at which VAT is collected will mostly be at the point of sale rather than the point of importation making it United Kingdom (UK) supply VAT instead of import VAT. Shipments exceeding £135 in value will be subject to existing customs rules and processes.

Since the new post Brexit rules, it has been reported that some EU online retailers will no longer deliver to the UK because of the new tax system. The greater costs and increased bureaucracy to comply with UK tax authorities has put some EU companies off supplying the UK. Several international shipping companies have added extra charges on shipments between the UK and EU.

The new VAT rules means that EU retailers sending goods to the UK must register for UK VAT and account for it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for sales less that £135.

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