Irish consumers could see extra charges from online retailers in the UK in a no-deal Brexit.
As reported by the Irish Examiner, the warning came from An Post, who advised consumers to be aware of what each individual company is doing regarding tariffs.
Garret Bridgeman, managing director of An Post mails and parcels, explained that Amazon and other big companies are working on a Delivery Duty Paid model, which will mean when you go on to their website, the price that you see there will be the price that you pay.
In these instances, the UK VAT rate will not be applied, rather the Irish rate.
Speaking at An Post Mail Centre in Portlaoise, Helen McEntee, the Minister for European Affairs said, “It’s important that people know whether or not the company or the business that they’re buying from is doing that.
“People should make themselves aware of what each individual company or business or sector is doing and how they’re applying them.”
Despite the warnings, An Post added that it does not see any additional costs to its customers in a no-deal Brexit.
The state-run agency said that most of its international items come from China and the US.
The firm also revealed that it has invested €15 million in a new automated parcel machine to handle the growth it has experienced as online shopping has increased.
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