Brexit – please read

This blog posting will be constantly updated to reflect the current situation.

TL:DR

If you are in the UK, you are strongly advised to place your orders in November or very early December 2020. Due to the special circumstances this year, we will only suspend shipping operations during the actual Christmas week. But if you place your order too late, items may simply be out of stock.

The first few month

It may happen, that we will just not deliver to the UK for a few month after Brexit, until we have sorted everything out. It may also happen that we require a minimum order size of the Euro-equivalent of 135 GBP.

Customs

As a trade deal between UK and EU will not happen anymore, the customre will have to pay customs fees for goods imported to the UK. We include an invoice and a CN22/CN23 customs declaration of content with each parcel but it is the buyer (or, in their name, the british postal system) declaring the parcels to UK customs and paying the fees.

VAT

Above 135 GBP, the customer pays the 20% UK VAT along with the customs fees. Either to the customs office or to the postal service (if the postal services did the paperwork in your name).

TL:DR: This requires heavy modifications to our software and processes. Mostly because of the currencies. It is likely that we will just require a minimum order to be 135 GBP.
Doing that will require a modiciation to the shop software to allow for a minimum order quantity to be country-specific.

Below 135 GBP, we would be required to pay the VAT. However doing that is not exactly easy.
We would have to register for a UK VAT ID in addition to our existing EU VAT ID.
For that we would need an very expensive british business bank account first or an explanation why we pay by debit card or (with unknown fees) credit card with no way to receive refunds that way.
Our invoices would have to state the UK VAT and the total sums also in british pound using the official exchange rate of the european central bank at that time (even if the invoice is printed ahead of time or a copy is printed at a later time).
Our invoices would also suddenly need to contain the date of shipping (that happens after the invoice is printed). Something our shop software is in no way prepared to do.
Obviously we would have to declare our UK taxes and pay then and keep separate records. Luckily the later can be done on paper, so we don’t need to bend a German accounting software using Euro into somehow handling this.