EU Shipping Ends on May 1st, 2022

EU Shipping Ends on May 1st, 2022

Posted by I Kick Shins on Apr 15th 2022

Beginning May 1st, 2022, we will no longer be able to ship to European Union member countries or territories of member countries. This is due to two major factors:

Packaging Register Requirements

Due to the EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, many countries have begun requiring businesses to register for packaging compliance. Our staff simply isn’t equipped to keep up with all of the different regulations and record-keeping requirements for each country; we are too small to handle the workload.

We also don’t do enough business in the EU to justify the financial burden of licensing and registration for each individual piece of packaging in every country that requires it.

We are already unable to ship to Germany, Greece, Lithuania, and Slovakia because of the new registration requirements that are or will soon be in effect. All other EU countries will be added as new laws pass, or by May 1st (whichever comes first).

VAT Representation

We are currently required to pay for a company to represent us in the EU for VAT purposes. We cannot represent ourselves or file our own VAT returns, because the EU requires us to have a representative that is physically located in the EU. The fee for representation is significantly higher than our total sales to all EU member countries combined.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If the EU ever introduces thresholds to allow small businesses like us to continue to operate, we will reconsider shipping there in the future, but at this time, it doesn't look likely.