After Brexit, goods sold online shipped from the UK, regardless of destination, are treated as exports from the UK and are zero-rated for VAT purposes. That means UK VAT is not charged at the point of sale.
In particular, there will be a new EU VAT rule, so this change will affect our EU-based customers.
From 1st July 2021, all goods passing into the EU will be subject to VAT regardless of value, the previous VAT-free threshold of €22 will be removed. This means that VAT and duty will be payable in the customer’s country on all consignments.
The removal of the €22 threshold is a big blow, as up until now we were able to deliver our book orders to customers without an issue.
As a small business, registering for VAT through the IOSS shop or in each of the EU27 countries is not an option, due to the huge admin and costs involved.
Therefore, from the 1st of July, we will cease selling to the EU27, as many businesses have already done, until further notice.
The option for us to ship a book to EU27 customers through the mail, is still possible using Standard International. However, the package will be held at custom/post office, until the customer has paid all fees as instructed. These are calculated internally, as VAT changes in each country. If any of you feels like trying this out, contact us, and we can certainly organize this for you.
We are very sorry for this.Still! Our books can be found through many retailers. Purchasing our books through EU retailers directly, or larger UK-based retailer, should help, as the big online retailers have the manpower and budget to deal with all of this.
I will continue to monitor the situation and update this space as soon as something changes.