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How Brexit will affect your online shopping

A Brexit deal has now been agreed between the EU and the UK. But, even with the trade deal, consumers will see changes start this week which will impact every household.

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IT MIGHT be a happy new year in spirit, but in reality, Brexit will make it most unhappy for Irish consumers.

A Brexit deal has now been agreed between the EU and the UK. But, even with the trade deal, consumers will see changes start this week which will impact every household.

Here are some tips to get yourself Brexit ready before you find out the hard way.

Shopping online

Seventy percent of all our online purchases are from the UK.

Because they are no longer part of the EU and don't enjoy tax-free border transfers, anything you buy from a store based in the UK will be subject to extra charges.

Check the fine print as not all British sites will be .co.uk.

Vat

At 21pc, this is payable on any item valued over €22.

Customs

Customs duties may be payable on items valued over €150.

Charges

Charges must be paid before items can be handed over, so if you have not paid directly online, you'll need to pay the delivery driver.

Some, like DPD, are texting customers in advance with an online portal to make the payments due.

Delays

Any goods can be inspected at airports and ports to ensure they are EU compliant. This will cause some delays to deliveries.

Direct debits

If you pay a direct debit to a UK financial company you'll need to liaise with them directly.

They will no longer be allowed to present debits to an Irish bank account and may need special permission.

Travel

Although the UK and Ireland common travel area is unaffected by Brexit, you won't be covered by your EHIC card for emergency treatment in NHS hospitals.

Take out an insurance plan to be safe.

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