Amazon is committed to supporting your business selling in the UK and across Europe. On January 31, 2020, the UK left the EU and entered a transition period where existing arrangements are being kept in place until December 31, 2020. The UK is due to formally leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union from January 1, 2021.
While UK-EU negotiations are ongoing (including determining what tariffs, if any, will apply), from January 1, 2021 there will be a customs border between the UK and EU which will have an impact on businesses working across this border.
This will have the following impact for Amazon Selling Partners from January 1, 2021:
Your Amazon business will continue to operate as usual until January 1, 2021. However, there are actions you can start taking now to prepare your business for the new customs borders. For information about how you can prepare for these changes, and for all of the latest information about Brexit, please see below FAQs for details in the UK government website or the European Commission Website.
Thank you for selling on Amazon. We remain committed to supporting your business selling in the UK and in the EU as we make this transition, and we will continue to provide the latest information to support you and help your business thrive in the future.
Until December 31, 2020 your Amazon business will operate as usual:
From January 1, 2021 (post BREXIT) there will be a number of changes to the way Amazon operates across the new UK-EU customs border:
You can protect your UK and EU sales by splitting your inventory and sending it into the UK and the EU so that you have sufficient stock either side of the new border that will be in place from January 1, 2021
You can still use Pan-European FBA to benefit from inventory placement across countries in the EU. However, you will need to send inventory to a UK fulfilment centre and a EU fulfilment centre
You will need to decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you will hire a person or business to deal with customs for you. You can find more information from the UK Government here or the European Commission Website.
You should speak to your carrier to determine how they can support you in moving goods across the UK-EU border from January 1, 2021
Setting up a new shipment model can take several months and so we would recommend you start planning and making these changes now so you are well prepared for January 1, 2021
You can also use the Amazon Service Provider Network to connect you with trusted, local providers who can support you with these preparations
To ship products across a customs border you will require the following information as part of a customs declarations:
If you are selling from UK or EU, to fulfil orders across the UK-EU border you will also require the information outlined above (FAQ 4). You should speak to your carrier to determine how they can support you in moving goods across the UK-EU border from January 1, 2021
If you are shipping from regions outside of the EU (like the US or China) into the EU or UK, a new customs border between the EU and UK will not impact your Merchant Fulfilled orders.
This will depend on the trade-agreement that the UK and EU agree and is the focus of the current negotiations.
No, based on the UK government confirmation that the UK will leave the EU on January 1, 2021. By leaving the EU, the UK has left the EU’s customs union and therefore there will be a customs border between the UK and EU. The UK government have stated they require customs declaration in a phased manner from businesses importing from the EU (see here for more information). However, businesses will still need to track their import activity so that they can correctly declare their activity retrospectively.
As there will be a customs border in place, additional information is required to verify the nature and value of the products moving across the border. This information needs to be provided by Selling Partners. Amazon does not have this information and so cannot move products on behalf of Selling Partners.
This inventory will continue to be sold within the UK and EU. Amazon will not move it across the UK-EU border but you will be able to remove it from our fulfilment centres to a local address (through our standard removals process) and then you will be able to ship it across the UK-EU border if you wish to do so.
Yes. Pan EU FBA remains the most effective way to maximise the sales of your products across the EU by ensuring your inventory is placed close to customers, ensuring customer receive fast delivery which supports higher sales. It also reduces your costs as you will be charged Domestic fees for the sales in each country which are lower than EFN fees. Pan EU FBA will continue to be the most effective way of maximizing your sales in the EU post-BREXIT (on our Germany, France, Spain and Italy sites).
No. Pan-EU FBA and EFN will continue to function until January 1, 2021 and will support you to grow your sales in the EU during this period. Post-BREXIT (January 1, 2021) you can continue to use Pan-EU FBA and EFN to sell your products in the EU (on our Germany, France, Spain and Italy sites).
PanEU FBA and EFN will continue to operate in the EU and we will continue to invest and improve these products as we help our Selling Partners expand their business across the EU.
Listings in the UK will only be active if there is inventory in UK FCs (and vice versa for EU listings/inventory). To have an active listing in the UK and EU, please inbound to each region directly.