Cost of buying from UK-based websites to rise from next month

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Cost Of Buying From Uk-Based Websites To Rise From Next Month Cost Of Buying From Uk-Based Websites To Rise From Next Month
Ordering €152 worth of clothes from the UK could end up costing as much as €236.
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By Digital Desk Staff

The cost of buying from UK-based websites is set to rise for Irish customers from January in light of Brexit.

Ordering €152 worth of clothes from the UK could end up costing as much as €236 when delivery costs, value added tax (VAT) and customs charges are accounted for post-Brexit.

The Irish Times reports that Revenue has warned the price of some goods could increase by over 40 per cent.

There will be no difference when buying goods worth less than €22 until July 2021, however, Ray Ryan from the Brexit unit of the Revenue Commissioners has said orders above that amount will incur extra charges from next month.

Customs and VAT are payable when buying something for more than €150

Online shoppers will face additional import charges when buying something priced at €23 or more, as VAT will be payable.

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Mr Ryan said further charges will apply to goods priced at €150 or more: “Customs and VAT are payable when buying something for more than €150 and the value of goods at that stage is actually excluding the shipping, delivery, insurance, packing charges."

Consumers could also see a reduction in the rights they have when shopping with UK-based companies when it comes to either returns or seeking redress in the event that products are faulty or not as described, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) said.

Research published on Wednesday from the CCPC shows that only 15 per cent of Irish consumers are aware that buying from non-EU websites may attract higher taxes and charges.

Amazon

The Irish Times reports that Irish Amazon customers have also been warned of potential post-Brexit changes on purchases from next month.

The online retailer emailed customers on Tuesday to flag changes for those who use its Amazon.co.uk site but who have addresses in EU countries.

“We wanted to let you know that from 1 January 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends, you’ll see some changes when you shop on Amazon.co.uk and select an EU delivery address,” the email said.

The email mentions changes related to VAT, or a regional equivalent, due in the country of delivery.

Packages may also be subject to customs duties, taxes and import fees, it said.

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