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UK retailers are considering abandoning goods returned by EU customers, with some even thinking of burning them due to the cost and trouble of bringing them back into the country.

After the post-Brexit introduction of new paperwork and charges for goods crossing over the border, fashion industry boss Adam Mansell said it was “cheaper for retailers to write off the cost of the goods than dealing with it all”, adding the process includes at least four new charges and documents.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of online shoppers have been faced with additional customs and delivery charges costing up to one-third of the price of items ordered from the EU. One shopper was asked to pay £77 in tax on £245 of clothes bought from a French website, The Times reports.

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Retailers could burn goods stuck in EU due to post-Brexit paperwork

UK retailers are considering abandoning goods returned by EU customers, with some even thinking of burning them due to the cost and trouble of bringing them back into the country.

The introduction of post-Brexit paperwork and charges for goods crossing over the border has made it “cheaper for retailers to write off the cost of the goods than dealing with it all”, fashion industry boss Adam Mansell, adding the process includes at least four new charges and documents.

When returning goods, retailers are face with paperwork including “export clearance charge, import charge arrival, import VAT charge and, depending on the goods, a rules of origin document as well,” Mr Mansell told the BBC.

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