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EU Customers - Post Brexit - VAT and Customs Payments

As of 01 July 2021 (post-Brexit), customs authorities in the EU started to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to all orders sent from the UK, this can cause some delays in some areas as systems are still being improved. (The previous "low value goods" threshold of 22€ was abolished on this date.)

The following information is to the best of our knowledge.

Our shipping is currently "Delivered Duty Unpaid", otherwise known as "Delivered At Place". Therefore, as of 01 July 2021, VAT, customs clearance charges and fees may be payable on orders/goods entering the EU destination country from the UK. Such charges and fees depend on the contents’ value and origin. Your parcel will not be released until payment has been received. You will be asked to pay these fees on or prior to delivery by your local postal service who will contact you. You, as the customer, are responsible for paying such fees.

- Order value up to 150€ (approx £131-00) will be taxed at the border (VAT) plus any handling fees.
- Order value over 150€ (approx £131-00) will be taxed at the border (VAT) plus any handling fees and may also incur Customs duties if the goods are made outside the UK/EU.

The shipping costs of your order will be included in the VAT calculations.
Note : Actual shipping costs may be slightly higher or lower than the shipping (delivery) cost paid at the time of ordering.

VAT varies from 17% to 27% in different EU countries, with the average at 20%, in Germany it is 19%.
Some countries have reduced VAT rates for Clothing (which we expect to include T-shirts, Hoodies, Hats, etc) such as Sweden (12%) and Netherlands (9%).

Certain countries such as Finland and - according to some reports, Germany and Italy - will waive the VAT charge if the VAT amount is for less than 5€ but this is at the discretion of the local courier / delivery service.

Handling fees vary from country to country and with different couriers. However, most Blue Crumb Truck orders are shipped via the UK's Royal Mail, orders are then transferred to the local post system, in such cases the following are the VAT % rate and handling fees charged, to the best of our knowledge :

EU Country - VAT % / handling fee

Austria - 20% / 10-00€
Belgium - 21% / 24-00€
Bulgaria - 20% / 2-30€
Croatia - 25% / 5-00€
Cyprus - 19% / 3-50€
Czech Republic - 21% / 8-00€ (from customer report)
Denmark - 25% / 22-00€
Estonia - 20% / 1-50€
Finland - 24% / 2-90€ plus VAT (from customer report)
France - 20% / 12-00€
Germany - 19% / 6-00€
Greece - 24% / TBA
Hungary - 27% / 31-20€
Ireland - 23% / 10-00€
Italy - 22% / 7-50€
Latvia - 21% / 20-00€
Lithuania - 21% / 8-69€
Luxembourg - 17% / 15-00€
Malta - 18% / 7-00€
Netherlands - 21% / 13-00€
Poland - 23% / TBA
Portugal - 23% / 12-00€
Romania - 19% / 4-12€
Slovakia - 20% / TBA
Slovenia - 22% / TBA
Spain - 21% / 5-88€
Sweden - 25% / 7-00€

TBA means "to be advised" i.e. currently unknown.

If you do not pay the VAT or customs and duties charges applicable to release the parcel to yourself and the goods are returned to us as a result, we will be unable to issue a refund on the goods. 

We are monitoring the post-Brexit situation and would appreciate hearing from you if you have experienced any issues with delivery.

If you are concerned about paying VAT, other taxes or customs duty on your order, then please check the duty thresholds of your country first before ordering.

If you would like advice prior to ordering, please email liz@bluecrumbtruck.com or use the Contact Us form, we will do our best to assist you.