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Brexit: how will Seabase deliveries work from 1st January 2021

January 14, 2021 / Pani / Seabase News

From 1st January 2021 here is how orders within the EU are processed:

  • seabase.eu ships from the UK.
  • Customers outside the UK pay prices excluding VAT.
  • To tell the website you should not pay VAT simply select the correct country under the ‘Pay Now’ area of the site.
  • DHL/FedEx/TNT will ship to you and send you a message to say your parcel is being cleared by EU Customs – this is sometimes done before it leaves Seabase to save you delivery time.
  • EU Customs will re-charge you the VAT that we did not charge you.  However that VAT will be at your country’s prevailing rate.  Customs or DHL/UPS/FedEx/TNT etc. may charge you a small administration fee for this service which is normally around 14 euros.  Seabase has no control of your local country’s clearance fees or VAT rate.
  • If you are VAT registered in your home country then of course this is no cost to you.

Do products cost you more after Brexit?

Not really – the pricing is pretty much the same.  The UK VAT rate is 20% and this is what you used to pay.   EU countries have VAT rates between 19% and 25% so you may pay a little more or a little less VAT when your order arrives.  The clearance fee charged by your country is a fee we do not have control over – this varies.  For example in the UK this fee can be negotiated with the shipping country.