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UK Shipping Suspended

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform our United Kingdom customers that Stevens AeroModel can no longer fill orders for UK delivery, generated at stevensaero.com – please read on for our understanding of the matter.

The Issue: As of January 1, 2021 changes have been made to the UK VAT collection system.  UK taxation authorities are now requiring our small business to collect VAT at the point of sale (stevensaero.com) and then remit this collection to the UK government.  Failure to do so may open us up to certain liabilities and would also result in UK orders not processing through UK customs to their final destination.

Prior to these changes in VAT collection, our business dealings with customers in the UK remained well below the monetary threshold that would require our participation with the collection of foreign VAT taxes.  And all collection of VAT taxes were (as they should be) the burden of entities within the UK.  Under the new VAT system, these thresholds have been removed and we are being asked to collect and remit taxes (for all purchases of £135 or less) too a foreign government.  Unfortunately, our participation in this new system of collection, creates additional book keeping and liability burdens for our small business, that will outweigh the profit received from orders shipped to the UK.

Possible solution for our UK customers: While we have always sought to, and will continue to – support UK based resellers of our product line, resellers are often highly specialized and do not stock our entire catalog.  Even with UK based resellers in play, there has always been some level of demand, by UK customers, for direct sales.  Therefore, we are exploring changes to our site that would allow orders over £135 to process on our site, while excluding orders under this threshold – that is not a great option but it is a viable solution that works within the new VAT collection system.

We will provide additional details here with resolutions to this problem as they are implemented on our end.  Watch this space for updates.

As always, thank you for your past and future business.  We will find a workable solution for all.

-Bill