Thousands of Irish residents shop online at Amazon every day.
Since Brexit, more people are wondering which Amazon is best to use in Ireland, the UK Amazon or the German Amazon . We will explain the pros and cons of both and also how to view Amazon Germany in English
All of the European Amazon sites will deliver to Ireland – with some restrictions . At the time of writing – the only one that can be viewed in English is German Amazon (Amazon.De).
Amazon UK since Brexit
Amazon UK is still OK to use in Ireland since Brexit – especially if you stick to items sold or fulfilled by Amazon-UK
No UK VAT is charged, just Irish VAT instead (on orders over €22). Amazon shows this as “import fees deposit”.
Import Duty only comes into play on orders over €150 – and there are loads of categories of products that are duty-free anyway.. There will be no extra customs charges on delivery.
Read more here about Duty on sales from the UK to Ireland After Brexit
However – some of the sellers on Amazon UK who organise delivery themselves may not charge the Irish VAT or any duty at checkout. If they don’t, this will leave any import charges to be paid on delivery by the recipient. (Plus an admin fee ) . So it’s probably best to stick with “sold by Amazon” items on Amazon UK – unless it’s something you can’t get anywhere else.
More here about Shopping on Amazon UK After Brexit
Which Amazon Site to Use in Ireland?
f you can’t find what you want on Amazon UK or are concerned about duty charges on delivery to Ireland – there are some alternative Amazon sites you can use in Europe. (France (.fr) , Italy (.it) But you won’t get free delivery to Ireland on any of them
We still think, for orders under €150, you are better off sticking with Amazon UK – as long as you order items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.
On some items over €150 – there is a chance of import duty on the UK site. However – many items are duty-free.
(See Customs Charges from UK to Ireland)
The email address and password you use to sign in at Amazon.co.uk usually works on any of the other Amazon sites.
On the German Amazon site, it is easy to change the language from German into English You just click on the German flag at the top , next to the search box and you will be shown the different language options.
To save you time – here is a link straight to the English Langauage Version of Amazon Germany
Just be aware that most electrical items sold on Amazon Germany will come with a 2 pin EU plug – so you will need an Adapter. Also – instructions might come in German. More about delivery charges below.
The French Amazon site can’t be viewed in English and it seems to have a lot of restrictions on items that can be delivered to Ireland. The Dutch Amazon site can be viewed in English but they don’t deliver any orders to Ireland.
Amazon Germany Charges for Delivery to Ireland
Unlike the Amazon UK site, the German Amazon site does not have the option of free delivery to Ireland. Even Amazon Prime members have to pay the same as everyone else for delivery to Ireland.
Amazon Germany Delivery to Ireland. Shipping Charges are listed below:
(Not Including Irish VAT)
|Standard Delivery (3-5 working days)||Books, music, DVD, software, video games consoles)||€5 per delivery plus €1.30 per kg |
|Standard Delivery (3-5 working days)||all other items*|| €7.50 per delivery|
plus €1.30 per kg
|Express Delivery (2 working days)||only on eligible items*|| €8 per delivery|
plus €2 per kg
- Amazon say that some individual products cannot be delivered at the above rates due to properties that require higher delivery expenditure. (Size/Weight etc) Any items affected will have the higher delivery rates shown.
- Items declared as hazardous materials can not be delivered to Ireland.
We found that sometimes the delivery charges shown on the individal product pages do not match the actual delivery charge shown at checkout. On the examples we checked – the final figure was always lower .
Whilst these are the published delivery rates on Amazon Germany – we found that the actual delivery charges sometimes didn’t always match these figures exactly, but they were not far out.
Some examples of Amazon Germany delivery Charges to Ireland (Including VAT)
- A PS4 Standard Delivery to Ireland – €11.97 weight 1kg
- A Laptop , priority delivery to Ireland. €11.40 Weight 750g
- A Soup Maker Standard delivery – €11.40
- A Keyboard (Musical) – 3.75kg. Standard delivery €14.31
- Amazon Echo Dot – Delivery not possible to Ireland.
- Kindle Fire Tablet – Delivery not possible to Ireland
Checked Feb 2021
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