A new report from e-commerce shipping platform Sendcloud has revealed that online deliveries from Europe to the UK have fallen by 50.7% in the first quarter of 2021 compared with Q4 2020, with new shipping requirements and additional VAT charges brought about by Brexit affecting the number of parcels being shipped to the UK.
According to Sendcloud, new figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics show the value of imports from the EU dropped by £6.6bn (US$9bn) in January 2021 – the biggest drop since records began. Furthermore, Sendcloud’s own research revealed that high delivery costs, potential customs charges and lengthy delivery times are putting UK consumers off purchasing from international stores.
Speaking about the data, Rob van den Heuvel, CEO and co-founder at Sendcloud, said, “Brexit shouldn’t stop retailers from buying and shipping abroad, yet it’s clear from these results that many retailers are struggling to overcome post-Brexit delivery issues. As a result, consumers are much less likely to buy internationally.
“To continue smooth international trade to our European neighbors, it’s important for UK retailers to streamline their international shipping. A futureproof strategy requires a thorough understanding of international trade rules and the impact they will have on day-to-day operations.”
He continued, “When moving goods between the UK and EU, remember to have an EORI number and add a commercial invoice, as well as a CN22 or CN23 depending on the chosen carrier. Preparing for local VAT and duty policies is also necessary as many consumers and retailers have already been caught out by additional charges.”