Cheap shopping from China will soon end

As of the next year, customers will have to pay more when shopping on websites like Aliexpress, due to custom fees and VAT.

(Source: TASR)

If you are used to buying small things like a phone cover, a pair of slippers or cheap headphones through Chinese online shopping websites like Aliexpress or Wish, you would also save because neither VAT nor custom fees applied to goods from non-EU countries up to €22.

This is set to change as of next year. Ultra-cheap items from China will no longer be as interesting for customers, unless they are ready to pay more.

Almost all deliveries from non-EU countries will fall under customs duty. This stems from an EU directive aimed at making market conditions equal for all, and put an end to delivery advantages from countries outside the EU. This mainly concerns Asia, and particularly China.

The directive will be incorporated into the VAT law amendment, which passed through an interdepartmental review this June. The law will be effective as of 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is probable that its effectiveness will be pushed a few months later.

What will change?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

Children flying kites in Žilina.

Short stories about 'unicorns' win a prize

Philip Morris has opened an interactive laboratory in Banská Bystrica, and private radio stations will say goodbye to Slovak music.


15. okt
Actor Noël Czuczor portrays Alfréd Wetzler in "The Auschwitz Report".

The Allies knew about Auschwitz atrocities, but they bombed the Bratislava refinery instead

A report about the atrocities written by two Slovaks who escaped the camp was ignored for weeks and months.


13. okt
Cyclists and scooter riders wave their way on Obchodná Street.

How to cycle in the centre of Bratislava

Obchodná Street is one problematic stretch for cyclists in the capital.


14. okt
The Christmas market on Main Square.

In spite of pandemic, Bratislava is preparing for Christmas markets

But there won't be an ice rink in Hviezdoslavovo Square this year.


15. okt
Skryť Close ad