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Brexit and selling on Amazon in Europe after January 31, 2020 – cross-border returns, UK/EU inventory pools and more

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As we all know, on January 31, 2020, the UK left the EU and entered a transition period where existing arrangements are being kept in place until December 31, 2020.

The UK is due to formally leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union from January 1, 2021.

While UK-EU negotiations are ongoing (including determining what tariffs, if any, will apply), from January 1, 2021 there will be a customs border between the UK and EU which will have an impact on businesses working across this border.

QUESTION: Will Amazon split my UK and EU inventory pools and if so, when?

Yes. You can continue using the same FBA SKU for your UK and EU listing, however your inventory pools will be split to reflect the different quantities in each. For a listing to be active (i.e. in stock) in the UK, it must have stock in a UK Fulfillment Center and vice versa for the EU. For example, if you send 60 units to UK and 40 to DE, then you will have 60 units available on their UK offers and 40 available for any of the EU marketplaces (provided you have enabled EFN or Pan-EU in EU4).

QUESTION: How will I have my inventory returned if it’s on the other side of the border?

As Amazon will not be moving items across the customs border, you will be unable to create removal orders for inventory in DE, FR, IT, ES , PL and CZ to be returned to a UK address (and vice-versa). To have inventory returned, you will have following restrictions while creating a removal order:
:: Input valid UK address to remove inventory from UK FCs
:: Input valid EU (excluding UK) address to remove inventory from DE, FR,IT, ES, PL and CZ FCs. To have inventory returned, you will need to create a removal order to an address that is local to where the inventory is stored. You can then arrange for a courier to collect your inventory from that address and ship these items back across the border.

If you have auto-removals enabled, these returns will only be processed if your auto-removal address is local to where the inventory is stored.

Please feel free to contact FBA Prep Poland for all your removal inventory needs. We can provide you with a local PL address to remove your cargo from Amazon Fulfillment Centers in DE/PL or, if you are using Pan-EU or Central-EU (DE + PL + CZ), store it, and move to your location anywhere in the world.

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