UK tax changes have resulted in EU firms refusing to deliver goods to addresses in the UK

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Tax changes attributed to brexit have led to some specialist online retailers across the continent refusing to deliver to addresses in the UK.

Companies complain of facing higher costs and increased bureaucracy just to meet and comply with UK’s tax authorities.

Leading the movement is Bicycle part firm Dutch Bike Bits.

In a release, they said they will ship to every country in the world accept the UK.

“We are forced by British policy to stop dealing with British customers,” it said on its website.

“For providing this service, [HMRC] intend to charge a fee to every company in the world in every country in the world which exports to the UK,” said Dutch Bike Bits on its website.

“If every country decided to behave in the same way, then we would have to pay 195 fees every year, keep up with the changes in taxation law for 195 different countries, keep accounts on behalf of 195 different countries and submit payments to 195 tax offices in 195 different countries, and jump through whatever hoops were required to prove that we were doing all of this honestly and without any error.”

At the same time, international shipping companies including Federal Express and TNT have said they are levying additional charges on shipments between the UK and the EU.

They said this reflected the increased investment they had had to make in adjusting their systems to cope with Brexit.

Vat rules were changed on January 1.

Vat is now collected at the point of sale rather than at the point of importation.

 This according to HM Revenue and Customs will ensure goods from EU and non-EU countries are treated equally.