I was on that webinar as well. The same things occurred to me.
You have to combine this with the info about the changes that are happening in the EU next July:
It sounds like Amazon may have to collect and remit the VAT to the correct authority on behalf of sellers.
Either that or each seller will need to vat register in one EU country plus register for IOSS and provide returns so the VAT can be prepaid.
Either way in order for it to be possible to continue using Royal Mail there needs to be some way of labelling orders so that the receiving postal service knows that tax has been paid and the order can be delivered without having to be assessed for VAT / Duty.
Otherwise the only way to ship things to the EU will be via courier as they have the facility to bill duties and taxes to the account holder (sender).
Does anyone know what the name of the Royal Mail guy on the call was? I was going to email him and see what he says.
I spoke my Royal Mail account manager and she sounded like she sort of knew what I was talking about. She seemed to think the problem lay with Amazon requiring deliveries to be made DDP to customers (duty paid). That isn’t the problem as far as I can see as it’s perfectly sensible to expect that.
Then you have the new EU regulations, these seem to be designed to prevent non eu sellers from avoiding VAT which is also reasonable.
Currently everyone seems to be gearing up for a no deal brexit. It’s like a oil tanker headed for the rocks, I don’t feel like the accident can be averted now.
If there is a ‘deal’ will this mean goods can move as they do now?