Dear UK customers,
This is not a pleasant message for me!
We knew since 4,5 years that Brexit would become a reality and become come effective 31 December 2020 midnight. But less than a month to this deadline many practical matters are still very unclear for trading goods between the EU and the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards.
Large companies that have specialists working on these issues, such as worldwide operating shipping companies, have send me messages that deliveries to the UK from Belgium will continue but that their tariffs will increase. How much exactly is not always very clear. Whether the same delivery times will be respected is not mentioned. Even less clear is how much import duties will be charged to you by the UK custom duties.
I could behave as if there is nothing to worry about but I prefer to take a conservative approach to this situation. Although really hoping everything will run smoothly, I don’t want to engage in endless email conversations about delays in deliveries, too expensive shipping costs and unexpected custom duties. Also, if the worst case scenario would become real, namely that customs are being overloaded and packages get lost on a regular basis (it’s not even a rare exception today) I feel that that value of geocoins is not worth all that possible trouble.
So, while apologizing to my UK customers, shipping to the UK will be suspended as of 15 December 2020 until the time I judge shipping costs are predictable, custom processes and delivery times are more accurately known, and also you have become familiar with applicable custom duties so you can make a full cost evaluation when buying geocoins from my shop.
I am aware that some of my UK friends strongly believe everything will run smoothly and will not support my decision. Please believe I take this decision not only in my interest, but even more in yours.
Luc De Haes