HASSLE-FREE SHIPPING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
LIVE IN THE EU?
In July 2021 the EU introduced new e-commerce laws relating to VAT on all goods imported into the EU and also between EU countries. (As a side note, this is nothing to do with Brexit!)
So, from 1st February 2023, any items purchased from That Pedal Show Store will be part of the EU VAT scheme (called IOSS). We have explained this in more detail below and what it means for you.
The key thing to know is that it should make shopping at That Pedal Show Store easier and cheaper for our customers based in the EU. Hurrah!!
We've waited 18 months to join the IOSS VAT scheme largely because the systems and processes took some time to catch up with the laws. Now they have (we hope) so we've got on board.
Cheers to everyone for their patience this far!
Dan & Mick
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
NO MORE EXTRA COSTS!
For orders under €150 we charge you VAT (at your local VAT rate) when you purchase items from us. You will see this at checkout and on your Order Confirmation.
This means you DO NOT have to pay any additional VAT when your parcel arrives.
And because we are part of the IOSS scheme you parcel should see quick and easy customs clearance.
Cheaper, quicker, much less hassle and no more delays!
NO CLEARANCE FEES!
Before we joined the EU's IOSS scheme, all parcels arriving in the EU were liable not only for VAT, but also a 'Clearance Fee' charged by your country's Customs authorities.
Now, if your order is under €150, it is part of the IOSS scheme. This means it should sail through your Customs controls and arrive at your door with no additional clearance fees chargeable.
Cheaper and faster, no more admin, what's not to like!
Orders over €150
If you order is over €150 then you will pay the price of the items less VAT at checkout.
Instead, when your parcel arrives at your border you will be charged VAT locally, plus Customs Duty and a clearance fee to your local authorities - this is the same as it was before the EU brought in the new E-Commerce laws in July 2021.
In the words of Talking Heads, this is 'same as it ever was'!
WHAT IF I GET CHARGED EXTRA VAT AND CUSTOMS FEES?
Do not to pay it. They should not be charging you any additional VAT for goods worth under €150. And they should not be charging you a customs fee either. Show the postman or the customs people a copy of your Order Confirmation whch shows how much tax you have already paid. Also tell them that the seller (that's us) is an IOSS Seller and our IOSS Number is with the parcel.
If you need any additional information or a copy of your invoice, please email us at email@example.com
EU SHIPPING FAQ's
From 1st February 2023 we joined the IOSS VAT Scheme.
Before this, customers in the EU, they had pay full price for a t-shirt and there was no VAT as part of the transaction.
When the t-shirt got to the EU country, the customs/border people looked at the price of the goods, added on the cost of the shipping and then charged you VAT on the total amount. Plus they would charge a customs clearance fee on top of that too.
Now, using the new system, we charge you VAT at checkout. When your parcel gets to your country the customs people should see that That Pedal Show Store is part of the IOSS scheme which measn they will know that VAT has been paid already.
This means they should wave your parcel through immediately - no extra VAT, no customs clearance fee, straight to your door!
As an example, a t-shirt would have cost €20, plus shipping €8 total €28. EU customs charged VAT eg. 21% = €5.8, plus a customs fee of between €5-15 per item. This means a €20 t-shirt ended up costing between €38-48!
Now the t-shirt costs €20, shipping costs €8. And that's it!
The EU VAT rules introduced in July 2021 were put into place for several reasons.
The new regulations were not only designed to simplify VAT returns for online sellers and marketplaces, but also to provide fair competition for EU businesses and deliver transparency to EU shoppers.
The legislation is intended to reduce approximately €7 billion worth of annual VAT fraud.
In addition introducing the new IOSS scheme (which controls the VAT payments made by EU customers shopping outside their own country) is intended to make it easier for the EU governments to collect VAT and stop online retailers from taking advantage of the VAT-free import laws.
The new laws are for everyone selling into and across the 27 EU member states from anywhere in the world.
Online retailers everywhere are affected by the new EU laws.
The new rules impact the sale of all goods and services to consumers within EU member states by non-EU established online sellers.
The distance sales of mail order, telesales, or online goods from EU suppliers in one country to non-VAT registered customers in another EU country are also affected, as are some domestic goods sold online under certain conditions.
VAT is applied to all goods and services, regardless of their commercial value. In addition:
- VAT must now be paid in the EU member state that goods, ranging from €0 to €150, will be delivered.
- EU-established suppliers of distance sales or B2C telecommunications, broadcasting, and entertainment services are affected by the EU-wide threshold of €10.
- Imported goods and services valued at €150 or more into the EU are still subject to additional customs duties.
If your goods are over €150, we will not charge you VAT at checkout.
Instead, you will pay the VAT locally plus Duty and a customs fee.
This is the same as it always was. The only difference now is that the price of the goods when they arrive do not include VAT, which means you will pay less than if you'd purchased the items at full price.
This would have been the case before That Pedal Show Store joined the IOSS scheme and we could not account for the VAT for your country.
We recommend you keep all copies of any orders you place.
These orders will show the VAT you have paid when making a purchase.
We can always provide you with copy invoices if required.