On the 31st of January 2020 the UK officially left the European Union and since then has been in a transition period. On the 31st of December 2020, the transition period ended after the EU & UK agreed and implemented a Trade & Cooperation Agreement.

What does this mean for our customers?

There will be no changes for our customers in the UK, however there will be some changes for our customers in the European Union.

Below are the changes for customers importing into the European Union as we understand them, according to information available up to 4th January 2021. These changes will apply to all customers purchasing fabrics from Ultrafabrics Europe and importing them into Europe.

Import VAT

Import VAT will be payable at your country’s rate when importing Ultrafabrics material. It is usual that your transport company (or DHL if Ultrafabrics have arranged the transport) will charge you the Import VAT and add a handling charge for preparing the appropriate customs import documentation. Your transport company (or DHL if Ultrafabrics have arranged the transport) will invoice you, the customer, directly for the Import VAT and handling charge. If you are a VAT registered company, you will be able to reclaim the Import VAT. Unfortunately, Ultrafabrics cannot reclaim the Import VAT on your behalf. The Import VAT rate and handling charge is variable dependent upon country.

Import Duty

Ultrafabrics materials are manufactured in Japan and qualify for duty exemption due to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Japan. For material being imported into the European Union Ultrafabrics will issue a Statement of Origin allowing you to import the material with 0% Import Duty (duty exemption).

It is possible that Import Duty may be incorrectly charged until Customs Authorities in each individual European country becomes familiar with the new customs procedures. Should your Customs Authority make an error, you will need to reclaim the Import Duty. 

Fire retardant treated material being imported into the European Union is classified as manipulated goods and unfortunately does not qualify for duty exemption. At this time, Customs Authorities do not consider them as originating wholly from Japan. Fire retardant treated material will be subject to an 8% Import Duty.

If you have additional questions, please contact an Ultrafabrics representative at: + or UFE@ULTRAFABRICSINC.COM