Amazon stops selling products to NI

Amazon is recently preparing to remove some of its products from cell to the NI customers due to the Irish sea border. It is being estimated that there will be an unavailability of some of the goods such as food supplements and over the counter medicines which would eventually take effect when the expiry of the “grace period” for GB-NI parcels will occur. Amazon head for the said that it was planning and preparing for the 1st of April event so that it can continue providing services to the customers in NI depend on the Amazon for the broadest selection of products as possible. 

Products with restricted entry to NI

Amazon had stopped selling beer, spirits and wines at the beginning of the year for its concerns of having to pay heavy excise duty which would probably be as twice as that of the cost of shipments to be delivered to Northern Ireland. It is clearly evident that Amazon is being guided by the EU’s prohibitions and restrictions for Customs list. Furthermore, it is basically a list of products which include the names of all the banned items from the EU. Also, it includes the names of the products which are required to undergo particular processes or checks for their entry. Some of them usually include exotic items such as seal pups along with nuclear waste along with a few everyday items such as food products as well as animal medicines. 

Relaxation levied for 3 months

Northern Ireland part of the single market for goods of the EU while the rest of the UK has already departed. This simply resembles that the goods that are entering the NI from Great Britain are basically subject to the EU rules and obligations. No new checks were scheduled to be imposed on the entry and exit of the goods since 1st January 2021 due to a grace period which shall expire by 1st April. Besides, Amazon had also revealed in the earlier weeks of this month that the marketplace sellers will have to take care of the parcels that are going to NI from GB as they shall also require a customs declaration from the month of April onwards. It is also stated that a few of the retailers are already using custom processes to take their shipments. 

The government has announced a relaxation up to 3 months in the month of December, “the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland, the impacts of any disruption to parcel movements in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and specific challenges for operators moving express consignments.” It further added, “Our priority is to have a pragmatic approach that allows us to comply with the [Northern Ireland] Protocol without causing undue disruption to businesses and citizens. HMRC is engaging with operators to finalise arrangements.” To this, a UK government spokesperson has stated, “These goods will not be taxed twice, and we will issue new guidance clarifying the position to ensure any remaining issues are addressed.”

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