Effective Jan 1, 2021, value-added tax (VAT) must be collected for all goods entering the United Kingdom (UK).
There will be a 20% VAT rate on goods valued up to £135 (about $180 USD), which you must collect unless your online marketplace (e.g. eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc.) is already collecting it. Current procedures for goods valued at over £135 remain the same.
To prevent your UK shipments from being delayed, held, or returned by UK customs in 2021, please take the following steps:
1. Register for a VAT number with the UK: https://www.gov.uk/vat-registration
2. Collect VAT at the time of purchase.
3. Make quarterly VAT return payments to the UK.
Please submit your VAT number to our support team. We will print the VAT number in the customs declaration form to avoid delays due to VAT collection by customs.
Can we ship without VAT#?
Yes. We can ship without VAT#. However, if we ship without VAT, customs may not release the package until the buyer (recipient) pays the 20% VAT if the package is subjected to VAT rules.