From 1 January 2021, the collection of duties and taxes for the import of commercial goods into the UK will change with immediate effect.
The value-added tax (VAT) applicable to commercial items valued at £15 - £135 entering the UK will now be expanded to £0 - £135 (inclusive), meaning the £15 lower limit is abolished. The VAT on these items will also now have to be pre-paid.
To pre-pay VAT and avoid additional costs, from January 2021 sellers will need to ensure they have:
- a GB Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number before shipping their goods
- the HS Tariff Code required to make a customs declaration and calculate duties on an import
- the customs value of goods - needed to make a customs declaration and calculate duties on import.
What does this mean for merchants shipping to the UK with Australia Post, on the Shippit platform?
Nothing at this point in time. Australia Post has advised there are no immediate incoming changes to the integration to pass the EORI number.
Australia Post has recommended senders to ensure they are sending the correct HS/tariff codes and if they aren’t already, the correct value of the goods.
For more information, we recommend heading to the Australia Post website.