Amazon stops alcohol sales in Northern Ireland due to Brexit rules

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Amazon Stops Alcohol Sales In Northern Ireland Due To Brexit Rules Amazon Stops Alcohol Sales In Northern Ireland Due To Brexit Rules
Amazon is concerned that excise duty will now have to be paid twice on shipments of alcohol to the North. Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty
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Amazon has halted sales of wines, beers and spirits in the North and is preparing to de-list more products due to new Brexit customs rules, broadcaster ITV reported on Tuesday.

The online retailer is concerned that excise duty will now have to be paid twice on shipments of alcohol which are sent from Great Britain across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, ITV reported.

Britain left the European Union's single market and customs union on December 31st, introducing paperwork and customs declarations for those businesses that import and export goods with the bloc.

In order to keep the Border open between the North and the Republic, a separate agreement was struck that requires a regulatory border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The British government said the overwhelming majority of parcels continued to move smoothly, and there was no reason for businesses not to send goods to Northern Ireland.

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“These goods will not be taxed twice, and we will issue new guidance clarifying the position to ensure any remaining issues are addressed,” a spokesman said.

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