Swedish Wish customers to prepay VAT

Swedish online shoppers placing orders on the Wish online e-commerce platform will no longer have to pay VAT or handling fees on arrival in Sweden via PostNord as the charges in question will now be handled by Wish through the postal operator at the time of purchase.

According to PostNord the VAT declaration will be made as soon as the goods arrive in Sweden, and the process will then be handled by the two companies. Wish shoppers will have their goods delivered more quickly with prepaid VAT and will not then have to pay a handling fee to PostNord.

In a statement, Peter Hesslin, Head of Solutions at PostNord Sweden, said: “I am very pleased that PostNord and Wish have been able to provide a solution that handles VAT immediately upon purchase. This makes it considerably cheaper and smoother for the consumer while at the same time we can avoid a complicated and labor-intensive handling for those shipments originating from outside the EU Customs Union.”

Hessin added: “We hope that more international e-retailers will implement this solution. It would benefit the growing e-commerce while more consumers can trade much smoother and at significantly lower costs.”

Goods ordered from other e-commerce sites and other commercial-value shipments arriving in Sweden from outside of the EU Customs Union will be handled in accordance with the rules that apply as of March 1st this year.