Why your online Christmas shopping is costing more, and how to avoid this

Customs and VAT changes due to Brexit have Irish consumers feeling not so jolly

Santa clause: There could be nasty surprises for anyone purchasing gifts online this Christmas. Photograph: iStock

Santa clause: There could be nasty surprises for anyone purchasing gifts online this Christmas. Photograph: iStock

When European Commission officials first decided the tax rules on goods coming into the EU needed to be looked at, Brexit was barely a twinkle in Nigel Farage’s eye. No one could have imagined – had they even bothered to try – what impact such tweaks might have on Irish shoppers in the run-up to Christmas future.

The officials in Brussels had their eye almost exclusively on Asia when they decided to scrap VAT exemptions for goods valued at less than €22 and impose tighter restrictions on what was allowed into the EU and what was not.

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