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Brexit guidance

Amazon is committed to supporting your business selling in the UK and across Europe. On January 29, the UK government approved a Brexit withdrawal agreement.

What does this mean for your business?

  • The possibility of a no-deal Brexit on January 31 has been avoided.
  • There will be a transition period from January 31 until December 31, 2020, at the earliest. During this period, your Amazon business will operate as usual. For example, Pan-European FBA will still proactively transfer inventory across Europe, and the European Fulfillment Network (EFN) will continue to fulfil cross-border orders.
  • It is not necessary to send inventory to both sides of the border to prepare for a potential disruption. However, placing inventory closer to customers can help provide a faster delivery promise and is recommended by Amazon.
  • Our current guidance is to maintain the standard four to eight weeks of inventory coverage as a best practice.

The UK government continues to advise businesses to prepare for a range of potential outcomes. If the UK and EU fail to reach a trade agreement by December 31, 2020 and do not agree an extension, the UK government advises this could result in a temporary period of border disruption, affecting movement of goods between the UK and EU countries.

If there is border disruption due to the failure to reach a trade agreement on December 31, 2020, this could temporarily prevent cross-border fulfilment through EFN (European Fulfillment Network) and inventory transfers through Pan-European FBA. This would include FBA Export orders for UK-based inventory and FBA exports destined for the UK from inventory stored in mainland Europe.

Regardless of the outcome, domestic FBA fulfilment will remain unchanged.

  • Inventory in UK fulfilment centres will still be delivered to UK customers.
  • Inventory in Germany, France, Italy and Spain will still be delivered to customers in mainland Europe.

We expect that goods sent directly to UK and EU fulfilment centres from outside of Europe (for example, the US or China) would experience minimal disruption. Fulfilment within mainland Europe would also remain unchanged.

Other considerations

  • The UK government has produced a Get ready for Brexit guide to prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in the event of a possible No-deal Brexit. This includes customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes.
  • VAT obligations related to local inventory storage in the UK or EU countries remain unchanged.
  • Use our Service Provider Network for help with international shipping.

Amazon will continue to monitor UK government guidance on Brexit and will update this page as needed.

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