EXPLAINED: Why are residents in Italy being charged to receive small parcels from outside the EU?
New EU regulations mean people now have to pay VAT charges to receive even small parcels from outside the bloc. The Local spoke to experts to find out what those changes mean for you, and how to avoid paying more than necessary.
Published: 15 September 2021 14:56 CEST
Updated: 16 September 2021 15:31 CEST
Updated: 16 September 2021 15:31 CEST
Photo: Ina FASSBENDER/AFP
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If an item is sent / exported from the UK (say to Italy) is the item not still exempt from UK VAT? Is this also the case when exporting an item from an EU country to a non EU country?
This happened to me! A friend from South Korea sent me a gift valued at 30 euros, but in order to get the package, I had to pay another 30 euros. Thank you for this article explaining why this happened.
As long term residents in Italy, with family in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and USA, we have been affected greatly by the change in the rules over parcels.
We have told our family not to send us presents, and have stopped ordering items from the UK. Whilst we can access most of these through EU websites (Amazon It, Amazon De etc) one area we have problems with is getting books in English. We can get most of the books on Kindle, but we often still want to have the book physically.
Paradoxically we have ordered items on Italian websites which have been supplied by UK based companies, without having to pay extra. We are not really sure why this so, and whether this has changed since the beginning of July.
Hi. I’ve also been hit with crazy charges for presents from the US, have to pay the postal delivery woman in cash when she appears at our house, or I don’t get the package. At least now I understand what’s going on. Like others have commented, I have told family/friends not to send me anything. Same issue as others above about ordering English language books. Annoying.
Recently I ordered from Ebay.uk Yale hinge bolts for my door here in France. I was obliged to pay an additional 5 euros charges for the importation. However, I am wondering if this is correct since the Chubb hinge bolts are apparently made in England; and as you wrote, should not attract any extra fees or charges.
I ordered curtain fabric from England. I did extensive research into the cost of import tax etc. Several online sites I checked on were around 88 euros on top of the cost of fabric. I finally got a invoice from TNT for 140 euros. 50 being administration charges. Buying from England has become a no go area, for Brits in Europe.
Last week ,from France ,I ordered 3 Hermesetas products via Amazon which arrived yesterday from the UK , I found the parcel in my letterbox.
My US-based company sells to EU customers, but when I tried to sign up for IOSS, I was unable. Instead, I discovered that non-EU companies need a presence in an EU country to collect and remit VAT. That’s something smaller companies like mine don’t have. The EU (in their infinite wisdom!) won’t allow us to collect and remit their VAT, which makes this latest move protectionist and unfair. This article makes it seem like companies like mine can participate in the new system, but in reality, we cannot. We’re being shut out, which has negative consequences for us and our customers.
It’s not just Brits in Europe. It’s anyone in Europe who receives gifts sent from the UK. The Italian example is replicated all over Europe. We have family in Denmark. A small birthday present to my wife’s sister, clearly labelled a present of less than £20 value prompted a charge of £25. The parcel never actually arrived at all and was returned to us in the UK, – 9 weeks later.
I definitely want updates on this…I just paid 5 euros to receive a package my sister sent me from the US and the value she indicated was 15 dollars (correctly as it was trashy American junk food like Cheetos and Captain Crunch lol). I want answers on why I was taxed!