No, the situation will change:Junolab wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 6:31 amIts been like that for decades for most European countries when buying outside the European Union as the VAT gets added (+ import tariffs). So kinda surprised that's something new in Belgium. If I understood you correct...cptgone wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 5:06 am[hardware]
EU customers, wanting to buy cheap hardware (from any non-EU country): beware the new tariffs and VAT rules on purchases arriving (even if purchased earlier) from July 1st onward.
Belgian mail had already been asking a fee on any tarrifed stuff, so depending on your local mail service, that may be a 3rd price raise on previously excempt stuff, and stuff from the UK in general.
(No clue whether this will have an impact on digitally delivered products like software, too)
Under the current rules, goods from outside the European Union are duty and VAT free up to a limit of € 22, while those between € 22 and € 150 are duty free but subject to VAT. (of course, so far many have played with this threshold by writing less for the package)
From the middle of the year, all products coming from a third country (ie outside the European Union) are subject to VAT, regardless of their value.
For packages arriving at the EU customs border, the new rules require a customs declaration and VAT. Packages arriving in the European Union must therefore always be accompanied by a customs declaration.
Therefore, in general, the Post Office will charge an additional fee in addition to the above (customs brokerage fee). And it only delivers the shipment after all fees have been paid.