We love online shopping in Ireland; it’s delivered to our door, is often cheaper, and can be ordered from the comfort of your couch or desk. A Paypal survey last year found that Ireland is among the top three countries for online shopping out of 32 developed markets worldwide.
And much of what we order comes from UK retailers like Asos.com, Amazon.co.uk, Boohoo.com, and Sportsdirect.com
But what will happen to our one-click purchases when the UK finally departs the European Union?
While the final outcome of how and when the UK leaves has become a bit more uncertain following the recent general election, we could nonetheless be looking at paying customs duties when the parcel arrives at our door. And Brexit could also give UK retailers another excuse to keep prices unreasonably high in Ireland.
So far much of the Brexit trade talk has been on the impact it will have on Irish exports to the UK, with fears that the introduction of duties will make Irish goods too expensive and uncompetitive in the UK market. But what about Irish consumer imports of UK goods?
Thanks to the common market and the free trade area, when we purchase books on Amazon.co.uk or jeans from Topshop.co.uk, the only additional costs we face are those related to getting the goods delivered.