What does Brexit mean for Amazon Sellers in the UK and Europe?
Want to know what Brexit means for UK Amazon Sellers? The current situation is nobody really knows however this article will shed some light on the current options available.
Thompson and Holt managing partner Craig Gedey has urged Amazon Sellers in Europe and the UK to start preparing themselves for the impact of Brexit on their businesses as quickly as possible.
The UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on December 31, 2020. After that date, Britain will operate completely independently of the EU’s free-trade zone.
What that means is that goods travelling from the UK to the EU, or vice versa, will have to pass through a customs border from next year.
And for Sellers using Amazon’s European Fulfilment Network (EFN) and Pan-European FBA, the new customs checks will have some significant implications.
Currently, Amazon’s EFN enables vendors to sell into any marketplace in Europe by shipping orders from a single fulfilment centre within the UK. That opens up significant marketplaces in the likes of Spain, France and Germany to Amazon businesses of all sizes.
EFN simplifies accessing those markets, with all that’s required from an Amazon Seller to ship their inventory to a UK fulfilment centre - at a cost of course.
The Pan-European FBA programme also allows Sellers access to Amazon’s EU marketplaces, but offers faster shipping and automatic enrolment in Amazon Prime, in addition to lower per-unit shipping costs. Again, Sellers ship their stock to a UK fulfilment centre, before Amazon distributes it to storage locations across Europe, speeding up delivery times.
All of this is about the change however, with Amazon announcing that as of January 1 next year, both schemes will stop supporting shipments from the UK.
You can find detailed information on Amazon’s announcement at: https://sellercentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/external/9KF67HWNN2FQ2NJ.
What about existing Stock?
In straight forward terms, stock will no longer be able to cross that UK-EU border through Amazon - they are stepping away from acting as a bridge between the two.
The impact of this could be considerable for some Amazon Sellers, as explained by Thompson and Holt’s Gedey.
He said: “In basic terms, if you want to continue selling in both markets after the end of this year, you’re going to have to split your stock between the UK and the EU.
“That means if your products are currently all in the UK fulfilment centres that have previous provided access to all the European markets, you’re going to have to move them at your expense onto the continent.
Where are Amazons European fulfilment centres?
PRG2 - Amazon Logistic Prague Amazon Logistic Prague s.r.o., K Amazonu 235, 252-61 Dobrovíz, Czech Republic
BVA1 - Amazon Boves Amazon Fr Logistique SAS, 1 Avenue du Superbe Orénoque, ZAC Jules Vernes – Secteur Est, 80440 Boves, France
LIL1 - Amazon Lauwin Planque Amazon EU Sarl c/o Amazon.fr Logistique SAS, 1 rue Amazon, 59553 Lauwin Planque, France
LYS1 - Amazon Sevrey Amazon EU Sarl c/o Amazon.fr Logistique SAS, 1 Rue Amazon - ZAC du Parc d'Activité du Val de Bourgogne - Distripôle Chalon, 71100 Sevrey, France
MRS1 - Amazon Montelimar Amazon EU Sarl, Building II ZAC Les Portes de Provence, 26200 Montelimar, France
ORY1 - Amazon Saran Amazon EU Sarl, Pole 45, 1401 rue du Champ Rouge, 45770 Saran, France
XFRE - Geodis Logistics Satolas Geodis Logistics Satolas, Parc des Chênes Nord 135, Rue du Brisson ZI St Quentin Fallavier, Bâtiment "IDC9", 38290 Satolas-et-Bonce, France
XFRF - Entrepôt Kuehne & Nagel Entrepôt KUEHNE NAGEL Livraisons Amazon - XFRF, Avenue Louis Renault, Bâtiment 3, ZAC du Val Bréon, 77610 Châtres en Brie, France
XFRG - Entrepôt XPO Logistics Artenay Entrepôt XPO Logistics Livraisons Amazon - XFRG, ZAC du Moulin, 45410 Artenay, France
XFRH - Entrepôt XPO Logistics Moissy Cramayel Entrepôt XPO Logistics Livraisons Amazon - XFRH, Parc d’activité de Chanteloup Bâtiment 8A, 77550 Moissy Cramayel, France
BER3 - Amazon Brieselang Amazon Brieselang GmbH, Havellandstr. 5, 14656 Brieselang, Germany
BER6 - Amazon Logistik AF München Amazon Logistik AF München GmbH, Am Borsigturm 100, 13507 Berlin, Germany
CGN1 - Amazon Koblenz Amazon Koblenz GmbH, Amazonstrasse 1 / Industriepark A61, 56330 Kobern-Gondorf, Germany
DTM1 - Amazon Logistik Werne Amazon Logistik Werne GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3, 59368 Werne, Germany
DTM2 - Amazon Logistik Dortmund Amazon Logistik Dortmund GmbH, Kaltbandstraße 4, 44145 Dortmund, Germany
DUS2 - Amazon Rheinberg Amazon Fulfillment Germany GmbH, Amazonstrasse 1 / Alte Landstrasse, 47495 Rheinberg, Germany
EDE4 - Amazon Logistik Werne Amazon Logistik Werne GmbH, Wahrbrink 25, 59368 Werne, Germany
EDE5 - Amazon Logistik Werne Amazon Logistik Werne GmbH, Wahrbrink 23, 59368 Werne, Germany
FRA1 - Amazon Logistik Bad Hersfeld Amazon Logistik GmbH, Am Schloss Eichhof 1, 36251 Bad Hersfeld, Germany
FRA3 - Amazon Logistik Bad Hersfeld Amazon Logistik GmbH, Amazonstrasse 1 / Obere Kühnbach, 36251 Bad Hersfeld, Germany
HAM2 - Amazon Logistik Winsen Amazon Logistik Winsen GmbH, Borgwardstrasse 10, 21423 Winsen an der Luhe, Germany
LEJ1 - Amazon Distribution Leipzig Amazon Distribution GmbH, Amazonstrasse1, 04347 Leipzig, Germany
LEJ2 - Amazon Distribution GmbH, Imaging Operations Leipzig Amazon Distribution GmbH, Imaging Operations, Friedrichshafner Straße 72a, 04357 Leipzig, Germany
MUC3 - Amazon Distribution Graben Amazon Distribution GmbH, Amazonstrasse1 / Zeppelinstrasse 2, 86836 Graben, Germany
STR1 - Amazon Pforzheim Amazon Pforzheim GmbH, Amazonstrasse 1 (A8 Exit 44 Pforzheim Nord direction Bretten), 75177 Pforzheim, Germany
XDEB - DHL Außenlager Ludwigsau DHL Logistik-Center Ludwigsau, Im Fuldatal 2, 36251 Ludwigsau OT Mecklar, Germany
XDEH - Kuehne & Nagel Außenlager Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG Betriebsstätte Rennerod, Industriegebiet Alsberg, 56477 Rennerod, Germany
XDEI - Geodis Außenlager Geodis Logistics Deutschland GmbH Niederlassung Hamburg, Bei der Lehmkuhle 2, 21629 Neu Wulmstorf-Mienenbuettel, Germany
XDEJ - Baur Versand Außenlager Baur Versand GmbH & Co KG, Siegfried-Lapawa-Straße 1, 96242 Sonnefeld, Germany
XDES - Hermes Fulfilment GmbH Hermes Fulfilment GmbH Standort Löhne, Schillenbrink 4 - 6, 32584 Löhne, Germany
XDET - Amazon Deliveries Geodis Malsfeld Geodis Malsfeld NS 3PL, Bornwiese 1, 34323 Mansfeld, Germany
XDEU - Amazon Deliveries DHL Solutions DHL Solutions GmbH, Barentsstrasse 24, 53881 Euskirchen, Germany
FCO1 - Amazon Passo Corese Amazon Italia Logistica S.R.L., Via della Meccanica, 4, 02032 Passo Corese, Italy
MXP3 - Amazon Vercelli Amazon Italia Logistica S.R.L., Via Rita Levi Montalcini, 2, 13100 Vercelli, Italy
MXP5 - Amazon Castel San Giovanni Amazon EU Sarl c/o Amazon Italia Logistica Srl, Strada Dogana Po 2U, 29015 Castel San Giovanni, Italy
TRN1 - Amazon Torrazza Piedmonte Amazon Italia Logistica S.R.L., Strada Provinciale per Rondissone 90, 10037 Torrazza Piedmonte, Italy
XITC - Geodis Logistics Francolino di Carpiano Amazon XITC - Geodis Logistics SpA, Via Aldo Moro, 4, 20080 Francolino di Carpiano (MI), Italy
XITD - Geodis Logistics Arquà Polesine Amazon XITD - Geodis Logistics, Viale Maestri del Lavoro 990, 45031 Arquà Polesine, Italy
KTW1 - Amazon Fulfillment Sosnowiec Amazon Fulfillment Poland sp. z o.o., Inwestycyjna 19, 41-208 Sosnowiec, Poland
POZ1 - Amazon Fulfillment Sady Amazon Fulfillment Poland, Poznanska 1d, 62-080 Sady, Poland
SZZ1 - Amazon Fulfillment Kolbaskowo Amazon Fulfillment Poland sp. z o.o., Kolbaskowo 156, 72-001 Kolbaskowo, Poland
WRO1 - Amazon Fulfillment Bielany Wroclawskie Amazon Fulfillment, Czekoladowa 1, 55-040 Bielany Wroclawskie, Poland
WRO2 - Amazon Fulfillment Bielany Wroclawskie Amazon Fulfillment, Logistyczna 6, 55-040 Bielany Wroclawskie, Poland
WRO3 - Amazon Fulfillment Bielany Wroclawskie Amazon Fulfillment, Czekoladowa 1, 55-040 Bielany Wroclawskie, Poland
BCN1 - Amazon El Prat de Llobregat Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L., Avigunda De les Garrigues 6-8, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
BCN2 - Amazon Martorelles Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L., Carrer De La Vernada, 22, 08107 Martorelles, Spain
BCN3 - Amazon Castellbisbal Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L, Carrer Ferro, 12, 08755 Castellbisbal, Barcelona, Spain
MAD4 - Amazon San Fernando De Henares Amazon EU Sarl C/O Amazon Spain Fulfillment, S.L, Avenida De Astronomía, 24, 28830 San Fernando De Henares, Madrid, Spain
XESA - XPO Logistics Alovera XPO Logistics, Avenida Río Henares, 16, 19208 Alovera, Guadalajara, Spain
XESC - Kuehne & Nagel Constantí Kuehne & Nagel Warehouse, Amazon Deliveries, Avenida de las Puntas, 10, 43120 Constantí, Tarragona, Spain
BHX1 - Amazon Rugeley Amazon Rugeley - Goods in, Towers Business Park, Power Station Road, WS15 1NZ Rugeley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
BHX2 - Amazon Coalville Amazon Coalville, Robson Way, LE67 1GQ Ellistown, Coalville, United Kingdom
BHX3 - Amazon Daventry Amazon UK Services Ltd, Royal Oak Way North, NN118QL Daventry, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
BHX4 - Amazon Coventry Amazon Fulfillment Centre, Plot 1, Lyons Park, Coundon Wedge Drive, CV5 9FA Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom
CWL1 - Amazon Swansea Amazon Swansea - Goods In, Fford Amazon, SA1 8QX Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea, United Kingdom
EDI4 - Amazon Dunfermline Amazon Dunfermline - Goods In, Amazon Way, KY11 8XT Dunfermline, United Kingdom
EUK5 - Amazon Peterborough Amazon Peterborough - Goods In, Phase Two, Kingston Park, Flaxley Road, PE2 9EN Peterborough, United Kingdom
GLA1 - Amazon Gourock Amazon Gourock - Goods In, 2 Cloch Road, Faulds Park, PA19 1BQ Gourock, Inverclyde, United Kingdom
LBA1 - Amazon Doncaster Amazon Doncaster - Goods In, Unit 1, Balby Carr Bank, DN4 5JS Balby, Doncaster, United Kingdom
LBA2 - Amazon Doncaster Amazon, Unit 1, Iport Avenue, DN11 0BG New Rossington, Doncaster, United Kingdom
LBA3 - Amazon Doncaster Amazon Doncaster - Goods In, Unit 3, Water Vole Way, DN4 5JP Balby, Doncaster, United Kingdom
LCY1 - Amazon London Amazon London - Goods In, Unit B - Prologis Park, Twelvetrees Crescent, E3 3JG London, United Kingdom
LCY2 - Amazon Tilbury Amazon Distribution Depot, Unit 2, London Distribution Park, Windrush Road, RM18 7AN Tilbury, United Kingdom
LTN1 - Amazon Milton Keynes Amazon Milton Keynes - Goods In, Marston Gate Fulfulfilment Centre, MK43 0ZA Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
LTN2 - Amazon Hemel Hempstead Amazon Hemel Hempstead - Goods In, Boundary Way, HP2 7LF Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
LTN4 - Amazon Dunstable Amazon Dunstable - Goods In, Unit DC1 (Prologis) Boscombe Road, LU5 4FE Dunstable, United Kingdom
MAN1 - Amazon Manchester Amazon Manchester, 6 Sunbank Lane, Airport City, M90 5AA Altrincham, Manchester, United Kingdom
MAN2 - Amazon Warrington Amazon UK Services Ltd., Omega Plot 7c, Orion Boulevard, WA5 3XA Great Sankey, Warrington, United Kingdom
XUKA - DHL Preston Brook DHL Preston Brook (XUKA), Aston Lane North, Whitehouse Industrial Estate, WA7 3BN Runcorn, Cheshire, United Kingdom
XUKC - Yusen Logistics UK Vendorflex Wellingborough Yusen Logistics UK Vendorflex, Rutherford Drive, Park Farm South, NN8 6AQ Wellingborough, United Kingdom
XUKD - XPO Logistics, Daventry XPO Logistics UK, Unit A Daventry Distribution Centre, Royal Oak Way North, NN11 8LR Daventry, United Kingdom
XUKK - Kuehne & Nagel Birmingham Kuehne & Nagel, Merlin Park II, Wood Lane, B24 9QJ Birmingham, United Kingdom
“You can still then use Amazon to distribute stock to individual EU countries, but that bridge across to the UK is going to disappear.
“That could be a daunting prospect for some Sellers and we advise getting as much information together now about the cost and logistics of moving those products now, rather than wait until closer to the deadline at the end of the year.
“This is another major issue for some Sellers to deal with after what has already been an extremely testing year for many, but delaying your planning serves no purpose whatsoever.
“The other thing to consider is a number of reports that Amazon may stop shipping items from the UK to the EU before Christmas to avoid a build-up of stock that will need to return into the New Year. So the move could come earlier than is currently expected.
“There are a number of factors to consider before taking the plunge of using Pan-European FBA which you need to weigh up against your business operations.
“They include registering and accounting for VAT in multiple countries, dealing with the additional red tape of custom declarations, the increased cost of shipping to two fulfilment centres, and splitting stock, which would lead to the need for more inventory.
“Once you have a grasp on the cost and additional work that each of those will involve, against the current revenue you generate from selling in the UK and/or Europe, you’ll be in a much better position to make an informed decision about how your Amazon business moves forward post-Brexit.”
What if my Amazon Seller account is suspended?
If you have found yourself suspended while selling on Amazon, contact Thompson and Holt for a free LiveChat to get your business back online as quickly as possible.
Thompson and Holt are also offering a free months trial of the Monitor and Protect service to help sellers prevent a suspension of ASINs or an their account during the COVID pandemic, more information on how to protect your Amazon seller account from a suspension can be found here.