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The UK left the EU 'customs union' on the 01/01/2021. Although some kind of 'free trade agreement' was achieved, leaving the customs union creates a customs border between the UK and the EU.
At Easy Composites we love the EU and our European customers are hugely important to us.
Although we planned for Brexit, the finer details of the last minute detail have created some considerable complications and restrictions for goods flowing in either direction between the UK and the EU.
In order to overcome these problems, and offer the very best possible service to our European customers, we made the decision early in 2021 to open a brand new Easy Composites EU subsidiary where we will stock the entire Easy Composites product range, ready for fast, friction-free delivery to all continental-EU countries.
We have been working incredibly hard to set up the new subsidiary, which has been made considerably more complicated due to the pandemic. Although no quite yet ready to start taking orders, we are now very hopeful that the new facility will be operational by around the end of August. You can follow our progress setting up the new EU Distribution Centre.
In the meantime, EU customers can continue to buy from Easy Composites in the UK but should read the following information carefully, which we have recently updated following 3 months of experience of shipping into the EU since Brexit.
Due to the EU/UK trade deal, import duty will be zero on many products. However, for the time being, duty will still apply to certain products and customers will face some additional handling costs for the collection of import VAT on most orders.
Please read below to make sure you full understand these new costs.
We have also been shown some rare examples of totally unexplained charges, shown on invoices as 'Government Charges', being applied to some orders into certain countries. We have been unable to get any explanation or justification for what these 'Government Charges' are or why they have been applied.
Because of extra customs charges and occasional unexplained 'Government Charges', we recommend that EU individuals do not order from us until our new EU warehouse is operational (see below). If you do want to order some extra costs will apply.
Whilst we are still very happy to supply individuals and non-VAT registered businesses in the EU, extra charges for customs clearance will apply. Instead of paying UK VAT on the Easy Composites website (as before Brexit), customers will now pay import VAT when goods arrive in their country, plus a brokerage cost (€12.77 or 2.5% of the value of the goods for UPS deliveries) and potentially import duty of between 3-10% on certain products.
Before ordering, please make sure you read and understand the steps and costs below:
As noted above, we have been shown some rare examples of totally unexplained charges - shown on invoices as 'Government Charges' - being applied to some orders into certain countries. We have been unable to get any explanation or justification for what these 'Government Charges' are or why they have been applied.
As mentioned above, in order to provide the best possible service to our EU customers, Easy Composites has taken the significant decision to establish an entirely new European subsidiary with a fully stocked warehouse in mainland Europe. We are working tirelessly on establishing this new business and will be able to announce the address and opening opening date very soon.
We are incredibly excited about this move and are sure that we can use this as an opportunity to work even more closely with our customers and suppliers throughout Europe.
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