BREXIT Update April 2021
Delivery times are starting to become more predictable and we are experiencing fewer and fewer cases of delayed deliveries. However, the issue surrounding import charges still remains. We now know that EU orders under €50 are exempt from import charges and under €100, where charged, the fees are minimal. We are also noting that business customers in the Republic of Ireland are now required to provide us with an EORI number when purchasing. If you are unsure or do not have an EORI number, please use a residential delivery address to avoid this complication.
All orders processing: We still happily and regularly ship internationally.
UK Postage: UK post remains unchanged.
Rest of the world postage: Since Brexit on 1st Jan 2021, we have had a few isolated reports of some European Union destination orders being charged import taxes on their delivery. Unfortunately it is a result of Brexit and there is nothing we can do the prevent this. While we cannot guarantee anything, we are finding that most import taxes are on basic/economy International postage rather than premium (courier shipping).
BREXIT January 2021
Now that the UK has left the EU, we are experiencing increased import and export times as well as, in some cases, import charges. We have been working to minimise delays by shipping international orders as quickly as possible and by constantly revising our International postage and courier service providers.
While we are still honoured and thrilled to be working with our International friends, there is very little we can do to prevent Import Taxes at this time. While we are hoping that a more conclusive and concrete pattern to these taxes and charges emerges over time – given the infancy of Brexit – the dust is still settling and charges are seeming rare but unpredictable.
About Import Taxes
When a parcel is delivered to a country outside of the UK, it may be subject to import taxes (including customs duties and fees – eg handling fees) by the recipient country. This may now occur in countries that may have previously not needed to pay charges.
Import taxes and charges are typically due once the parcel lands in the destination country and is sorted into the domestic delivery system. Often the recipient will be notified of the amount due upon delivery or just before delivery.
It remains the buyers’ responsibility to pay for the imported items, and while Build Me Mini will always do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen – often it is outside of our control. The specific charges are impossible to calculate before they are charged as each country has different import and tax laws as well as varying processing fees.
We regret that there isn’t anything more we can do at this stage, although we are monitoring the situation carefully and adapting our International postage and courier service providers accordingly as information presents itself.
In the meantime, we apologise for any delays and for the rare cases where International taxes and charges become due.