New E-Commerce Rules for Shopping from the UK post Brexit

Today, 27 January 2021, the European Commission updated its latest advice to EU consumers on what to expect from and what is applicable to e-commerce shopping between the EU and the UK.

“On 31 December 2020, the transition period for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU ended. This means that the UK is now formally a third country and EU law no longer applies there.

For the purposes of customs, the UK is treated as any other non-EU country as of 1 January 2021. In particular, customs procedures and formalities now apply to trade between the UK and the EU.

However, in accordance with the agreed Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, EU customs rules and procedures generally continue to apply to goods entering and leaving Northern Ireland.”

Read the e-commerce factsheet and advice for consumers here.

Read the current consumer advice on buying goods online from a non-European Union (third) country here

Read European Consumer Centre Ireland advice on post-Brexit consumer rights here.