Import Fees When Buying From Amazon UK.

Amazon is the largest online retailer in Europe and thousands of people in Ireland shop online at the Amazon UK website every day.
When buying From Amazon UK , since Brexit, Irish and other EU shoppers will sometimes now see an extra item at the Amazon UK checkout called the Import Fees Deposit . This is a combination of Irish VAT and any customs duties that are due.

In most cases, the final price will be exactly the same as it was before Brexit.

Amazon UK deducts the UK VAT and then shows any Irish import VAT and any duties as “The Import Fees Deposit” at checkout. (More details here on Customs Duty).

Import Fees Deposit

The Import Fees Deposit shown at Amazon UK checkout is an estimate – but it is a very accurate one.
Amazon charges you any import fees and will arrange for them to be paid on your behalf to Irish Revenue.
Therefore no further charges will be requested in Ireland by An Post or couriers.

If the estimate of import fees does turn out to be higher than the actual import fees , then Amazon will refund you the difference.

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The changes outlined in this article are aimed at shoppers in Ireland – but the same changes will apply to online shoppers anywhere in the EU buying from Amazon UK and many other websites.

A Summary of Changes to Online Sales From the UK to Ireland since July 2021 .

  1. There is no customs duty on any products made in the UK and delivered from the UK to Ireland or any other EU country.
  2. Customs Duty may be charged on some categories of goods coming from the UK with a “country of origin*” outside the UK – but only IF the order is more than €150. (More details here on Customs Duty)
  3. Orders with a value below €150 (before postage charges) will NOT be liable to any Irish/EU customs duty regardless of the product’s country of origin *.
  4. UK VAT should not be charged by retailers on any orders delivered to Ireland from the UK. However, Irish import VAT applies to all orders since July 1st 2021.

  • *Country of origin rules are very complex. See here .
    For example, something made in the UK with only materials produced in either the EU or UK will be classed as UK origin.
    However, something made in the UK with, for example, 51% or more of materials from China – might not be treated as UK origin, depending on the type of product.
    Something made in the EU and sold to the UK may also be liable to import duty if it is sold back to the EU.

What is the Amazon Import Fees Deposit ?

On Items Sold By Amazon

Amazon UK deducts the UK VAT and then shows any Irish import VAT and duties as “The Import Fees Deposit” at checkout.

UK VAT is 20% and Irish VAT is 23% on most items – so you will see a 3% increase in the product price at checkout because of this VAT difference.

Amazon UK will pay any Irish import VAT and duties on your behalf. This means that you won’t be getting emails or texts from An Post or couriers demanding extra charges on delivery.

If the actual Import VAT and Duty charged by customs turn out to be less than the Import Fees Deposit collected by Amazon, then you’ll automatically be refunded the difference by Amazon and you’ll receive a notification e-mail confirming the amount of the refund.

Amazon states that “you won’t be charged additional fees if the actual Import Fees exceed the Import Fees Deposit we estimated.”

More here on Which Products Are Liable to Customs Duty

Items sold by Third Party Sellers

Since July 1st 2021 – Amazon has collected the Irish import VAT on behalf of all third-party sellers on orders under €150.

If you order anything over €150 from these third-party sellers – you may be liable for import VAT and you might also be liable for import duty on arrival. We think it is probably best to avoid these sellers on orders over €150.
(This might not be true for 100% of third-party sellers.)

There are some third-party sellers on Amazon who are not UK VAT registered – so they can’t deduct the UK VAT because they are not charging it in the first place. Items from these sellers will be more expensive for Irish delivery because Irish import VAT will be charged on top by Amazon.
(You can check for VAT registration by clicking on the seller’s name and viewing their details.)

Refunds of Import Fees Charged on Delivery

As mentioned earlier, some third-party sellers on Amazon might not include duty or VAT in their charges. We think it is probably best to avoid these sellers on orders over €150.

If you do order from a third-party seller on Amazon (for delivery to Ireland) and end up getting a demand for customs charges from An Post – you can raise a complaint with Amazon and request a refund of the extra import charges you had to pay.

Amazon instructs all their sellers to deliver goods without customers being asked to pay extra import fees on delivery. Based on what we have seen – we think any such claim is very likely to be found in the buyer’s favour.

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Calculation of Import Duty on Irish Orders at Amazon UK

Even though there was a Brexit deal – it does not rule out customs duty on all items.
If a product delivered to Ireland from the UK was not made in the UK – then it could be liable for duty.

Any orders with an intrinsic value of €150 or less will NOT be considered for customs duty. Regardless of what is in the order.

Of course – many items such as computers , printers, cameras , games consoles, books, phones are duty-free anyway .

More details here about Import Duty Rates on goods sold to Ireland from the UK

You can see the exchange rates used by customs here on

More here about Import Duty Rates

Returning Items to Amazon UK From Ireland

Nothing has changed regarding returning goods to Amazon from Ireland since Brexit.
Amazon continues to accept eligible returns from Ireland .

  • If the reason for the return is the result of an error (e.g. if the item is defective/damaged/incorrect), any postage costs incurred for the return will be paid by Amazon.
    • You will usually have to pay the postage costs first and then Amazon should refund them . You may need to Contact Amazon to receive a refund for postage costs you incurred. Keep any proof of postage in order to refund such additional postage costs.
  • Otherwise, (I.e – you just decide you don’t want it) – any postage costs incurred for the return will be payable by the person returning the goods. (This does NOT apply to returns of Shoes, Clothing, Jewellery & Watches – postage costs will be refunded for those.)
  • Note – this returns policy has not changed since 2020 and is the same policy for UK customers.
  • Sometimes on low priced items , Amazon will tell you not to bother sending it back but will still refund you!

Refunds of Import Fees .

If you need to return an item to Amazon on which you have paid import fees – the full cost will usually be refunded automatically – including the import fees. If import fees are not refunded – we suggest you contact Amazon, they will usually arrange for a refund.
However , returns to third-party sellers may be treated differently – and you cannot rely on import fees being refunded.

Amazon Prime in Ireland

If you aren’t already an Amazon Prime member – this could be a good time to join and take advantage of even cheaper prices on Amazon UK. Irish customers still get free priority delivery to Ireland on all Prime eligible items.

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Tip : Always remember to pay in Pounds on Amazon UK – NOT Euros – it will work out cheaper. Read more about Amazon Currency Conversion Rates here.

More about VAT on online shopping from the UK after Brexit

This website has links to several sites where you can do Online Shopping in Ireland

Amazon Germany

Shoppers in Ireland also have the option of using Amazon Germany if they have any problems with ordering on the UK site. Just be aware that all electrical items will be sold with a “European” plug ( 2 pins) – so you will need adapters. Also, there is no option of free delivery to Ireland.

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More here about Amazon Germany’s Delivery Charges to Ireland

Disclaimer has written this article based on the information available to us. We believe it to be accurate but you should closely check the charges at checkout when shopping at any non-Irish online retailer.

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