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Ecommerce United Kingdom

After the Brexit, you may be unsure about expanding into the UK. What about the regulations? What does the UK customer want? How does shipping work? What do you need to pay attention to? In this blog post you will read more about the UK market, the buying behavior of UK customers and shipping options. 9% of e-commerce in UK involved a purchase from abroad, but for fast delivery 26% are willing to pay more. So can you guarantee fast delivery it is definitely interesting to enter the UK market. With the help of Clonable your English website or English webshop is made in no time.

Top 3 foreign online purchases:
  1. China

  2. United States

  3. Germany

Top 3 product categories:
  1. Clothing & shoes (29%)

  2. Beauty & health (21%)

  3. Electronics (16%)

Top 3 favorite payment methods:
  1. Payment card (31%)

  2. Credit card (30%)

  3. Digital wallet (Paypal, Allpay; 29%)

Figures: Crossborder e-commerce shopper research conducted by the International Postal Cooperation (IPC)

Shipping to UK

Since the Brexit, there is no longer free movement of goods between the European Union and the United Kingdom. For ecommerce in UK, this means that shipments will have to deal with VAT and possible import duties. This not only affects you as the sender, but also the recipient. Fortunately, many parcel services offer help. With PostNL, for example, you can choose two solutions to just keep shipping to the UK: either the recipient pays the VAT and import duties, or you as the sender do. There are also things you have to take care of yourself, such as registering with the UK tax authorities, since the British have their own VAT, and applying for an EORI number. For more information, PostNL has a handy roadmap you can follow.
Over 57% of Britons recycle their packaging, so keep in mind to use sustainable packaging when shipping to the UK.

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