Jan 7, 2021

John Lewis among UK firms scrapping overseas deliveries

Department store chain John Lewis is one of many British business that have scrapped overseas deliveries. Until last month, it offered EU delivery through its website, but the offer has now been withdrawn. John Lewis told the BBC the decision to scrap overseas deliveries was based on company strategy. At fashion website Asos, anyone asking for delivery to countries such as France, Germany or Italy is simply told: "Sorry, the delivery options are currently unavailable." Under the "Rule of origin" clause, goods made, or containing components made, outside the UK or EU - such as in China - and resold by UK businesses are now subject to VAT and import duties when sold to the EU. Many British businesses exporting to the EU have much of their supply chain based outside the EU, meaning they will fall foul of the clause.

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