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UK-bound orders & VAT

On January 1st 2021, new requirements came into effect for us to ship any orders from us in Canada to the United Kingdom.

The new rules are that shipments valued under 135 GBP require us to collect and remit VAT to the UK government.

This is no small task, as a small business, being only 2 people, and with limited time, resources and low sales to the UK, the new requirements are too difficult for us to meet. Quarterly reporting, even with nil returns; onerous paperwork & website requirements such as displaying GBP prices with VAT included; and extra forms to fill out when shipping, all contribute to the headache.

Going forward, to meet any requirements and still serve our UK-based customers, we’ve decided for now to simply require a minimum order of 135 GBP for shipments going to the United Kingdom. This doesn’t require us to register for a VAT number, collect any VAT on our end (this will be collected by your postal service at the time of delivery) or worry about paperwork.

We’ve gotten our website set up and prepared for minimum orders on a country-by-country basis, as similar requirements are coming into effect on July 1st for EU-based customers, where it’ll be impossibly difficult for us to register for about 28 VAT numbers for each EU member country.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone, it is the only realistic solution at this time for us to continue offering our items to the UK

-Jason Harrison