No more cheaposes from China: VAT must be paid on all goods outside the EU

No more cheaposes from China: VAT must be paid on all goods outside the EU

Buying items from a Chinese site has been cheap for many years, but that will change from July 1st onwards.

The EU has decided that VAT must be paid on all goods purchased in countries outside the EU: a 25 percent VAT addition.

And there will also be a delivery fee on top of the price which will typically be between 150 and 250 kroner.

Time for change
Although this is not good news for customers, it will benefit Postnord, because when products are sent from China, the postage costs do not cover the end of the Danish shipping company.

Despite international agreement that Chinese and companies pay far too little for their postage because there is still an archaic worldwide deal treats China as a developing country, nothing will be done in the near future.

But with Chinese goods sticking up in stock, there was something urgently needed to do, as the Danes have bought products from Chinese sites as if there is no tomorrow.

In 2020, a unanimous parliament voted in favor of these changes. The rules were originally supposed to enter into force on 1 January 2021, but due to COVID-19, this was postponed until 1 July 2021.

Read carefully
Before ordering anything online, check and read the terms of delivery carefully.

Even if the online store has an address in a country within the EU, your package can be sent from a warehouse in a country outside the EU which requires you to pay the new extra costs on top.

If you buy goods in an online store outside the EU before 1 July 2021, you must also pay VAT and delivery fee if the goods arrive in Denmark after 1 July 2021.

Source: The Nordic Page




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