If you've been partial to a bit of online shopping during lockdown, you might have noticed the prices of your packages has gone up.
With a Brexit deal now been agreed between the EU and the UK, you may now have to pay import duties on some items, on top of changes to VAT.
Here's what you need to know:
No import duty will be charged on orders from the UK under €150 (about £135 GBP).
Items over €150 not made in the UK or EU might be liable for import duty.
However, this depends on the type of product you've ordered - the more expensive it is, the more you will pay.
Since Jan 1st 2021, all UK online sales to Irish customers are treated as exports and are zero-rated for UK VAT.
However, import VAT may be payable in Ireland on some orders.
If an item has a value of more than €22, you will have to pay VAT.
While no one should be asked to pay both UK VAT and Irish VAT, UK sellers can increase the price for EU customers to make up for deducted UK VAT.
What about orders from the EU?
If the item is being shipper from an EU country, none of the above applies and you will not be charged from your order.
What about orders from the USA or Canada?
If your order is coming from the USA or Canada, it is not affected by Brexit.
There has always been customs on deliveries from those countries, as they are outside the EU.
What stores aren't affected by Brexit?
- Pretty Little Thing
- Pull & Bear
- River Island
- New Look
- Sweaty Betty
- JD Sports
- My Protein
- Lifestyle Sports
- Beauty Bay
- LookFantastic* (some products will be shipped from the UK and will incur a charge)