A large UK retailer – John Lewis – has halted exports to the EU, but says this is due to other reasons rather than Brexit, while luxury food company Fortnum and Mason says it is “temporarily” unable to deliver to the EU but is working to re-activate this.
Other issues reported include the fact that Asos, the online fashion retailer, has said orders from its UK site can no longer be delivered in Europe – but it also has a site based in France – and the fact that a courier company, DPD, says it is temporarily suspending road deliveries to the EU.
“As part of our partnership plan for the next two years, John Lewis has decided to focus on areas of the business that will provide products and services to our local UK customers,” John Lewis said in a statement. .
“As such, we are no longer continuing our international expansion and have decided to end our international online delivery service in mid-December. ”
Under the new Brexit deal, there should be no import duties payable, as such, on UK products exported to the EU, but ‘rules of origin’ will mean that they may be payable on goods comprising a significant proportion of components originating outside the United Kingdom. .
Another complication is the customs forms that must be completed for packages.
DPD reports the suspension of deliveries to the EU due to the increased complexity. He found that many plots are provided to him with incomplete data attached.
She therefore decided to “take a break and review our road service in Europe,” the firm said, but she hoped to resume in a few days.
If the disruption then appears to be limited so far, it remains to be seen whether other companies will make the decision to stop the services if they deem it less commercially viable.
A popular UK retailer, Marks & Spencer, notably states on its website for France that it does not anticipate any change in the range and cost of its items for customers in France, but has already for several years been forcing them to order on its French site, not the one based in the United Kingdom.
He does however add that there will be a customs form involved if your items are coming from the UK, and the carrier will contact you directly to find out what they need to make delivery.
Another difference we have noted is that ordering items from amazon.co.uk for delivery in France now incurs an ‘import charge deposit’, which must cover any additional amount that delivery services charge to Amazon due to customs procedures.
Amazon states that if the actual cost to itself is less than the estimated amount it charged, you will receive a refund.
For example, a purchase of witch hazel liquid on the site (€ 6.93) now incurs an additional € 2.45 for this deposit amount.
Sending parcels from French domicile to UK is no longer an option