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  1. customs form from sew curvy
    an example of the new electronic customs form which will accompany every parcel going outside of the UK

    Well the good news is that the UK has a 'free trade deal' with the EU.  Hurray!  

    From 1 January 2021, our Brexit transition period ends, and all countries in the European Union will be, as far as the UK is concerned, 'ROW' (rest of world).

    This means that the way we post things to the EU will change - goods posted out of the UK to the EU will be treated the same as goods going anywhere else outside the EU - so America, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, etc.,

    Luckily Sew Curvy has been trading with countries all over the world for the last 10 years so we know what to do now although there have also been changes that apply to everyone.  These are as follows:

    1.  Goods to EU and ROW do not include VAT - this will not appear as a sum off your total as VAT is paid from our profits.  We do not add VAT to our prices because we are on a 'flat rate' scheme - honestly it's complicated and this will be reveiwed in March '21.

    2. Parcels to EU and ROW will include detailed customs information and an electronic 'label' containing tarrif codes and value.  This is a compulsory change all over the world and is to do with taxes and security, not 'youknowwhat' (brexit).

    3. Customers may have to pay customs charges when parcels arrive in their country.  This customs amount will be VAT or Sales Tax.  Some countries will have thresholds allowing for the private import of goods.  For instance, in the UK, our 'customs threshold' is £15 - this is in line with most EU countries.  In USA it is $200.  This means that you can import goods to this value without incurring VAT or import charges.

    4. EU customers will not pay import duties, only VAT at the rate set by their country over any threshold. 

    5. EU and ROW business customers will be able to claim any VAT back from their tax office as VAT will have been paid in the form of customs charges and is not included in the price of goods.

    6. For the next month at least, all orders going outside the UK will be sent by tracked mail - this is so that I can keep an eye on things as we transition into this new situation.  (I know for instance that mail from UK to Netherlands has already been held up in customs from October! This was not supposed to happen until January!).

    Overall, the free trade deal with EU is better than we in the UK were expecting.  It means that we will not have to pay tarrifs on goods coming in from the EU, which for all of our customers means minimal cost increases - I need to see if there are now going to be any 'processing fees' - this will become apparent over the next few months but will not affect any stock we currently hold.

    I am releived that Sew Curvy can for the time being continue trading as we were.  Lets keep everything crossed that our small UK businesses continue to thrive!


  2. holidays

    And soon it will be brexit too!  As it is now past the posting deadline for corset supplies to get to Europe before they have to go through customs, I have decided to take some time out for a number of reasons.

    1. We need to take stock - it's been a crazy year!  Orders going out like mad has meant we've hardly had time to update stock let alone catch our breath - since March we have had 3 pallets of corsetry steel and plastic whalebone delivered with the last arriving today. 

    Eagle eyed customers will also have notcied a shiney new shelf in the Fabric department where we have been selling coutil remnants, roll ends, and slight seconds.  These usually go very fast only hours after they are listed, so you'll be forgiven for having missed them!  Anyway ... there is still a mountain to climb on that front ...  We have 'bundles' to list yet, which include bra making materials, herringbone coutil boxes, lace and trim bundles and special edition corset making kits.

    corsetry coutil fabric remnants corset making fabric remnants at sew curvy corset boning roll ends for sale
    Corsetry coutil fabric remnants for sale at reduced prices.  Sometimes this includes corsetry fabrics which are no longer in stock or available so the early bird does catch the coutil worms! The famous pile! It's getting alot smaller but there are still corset making goody bags to go!  We have closed the Etsy shop where all this used to be listed because fees and postage rules are ridic! The corset boning roll ends is always the biggest pile! This is  particularly handy for when you need small or odd amounts of flat spring steel and plastic whalebone.

    2.  We need to figure out what to do after the Brexit transition period which ends on 1 January 2021.  As yet, there are no guidelines at all.  For a small business like Sew Curvy, the most difficult thing is VAT.  Customs information etc., is all taken care of through our Royal Mail 'Click and Drop' account but we need to be more clear on the way we present products and VAT.

    3.  We haven't had a furlough scheme going on at Sew Curvy and while that has been a blessing in disguise because I was able to get out of the house, it has been crazy busy - we have sent out more corset kits this year, than in the whole of the previous 10!  You'll see from my previous blog posts that there has been some personal busy'ness going on too - moving house during a lockdown, is no small endeavour let me tell you. 

    corset making supplies for the world
    Corset making supplies going out all over the world
    This was a quiet day!

    I have therefore decided that the 2 week festive break will be an ideal time to take a bit of time off, and sort out the shop & studio without the pressure of orders to send out daily. 

    I have therefore turned off the shopping basket for the Christmas period and will re-open on 31 December.  We need this time in order to catch up with ourselves after what has been a hectic year, and to prepare for the year ahead and our new trading status outside of the EU.  This means we are sorting out stock, getting a sale ready, streamlining the business, and swotting up on really boring things like tarriff codes and VAT.
    If you are in Europe and are wondering where your order is - don't worry!  If you ordered before Monday 21 December, your goods are safely on their way and have already left the UK.  If you ordered after 21 December, your goods have not left the studio yet due to the EU blockades on UK goods.
    We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers old and new, a merry festive period and a happy and prosperous new year!
    We look forward very much to seeing you on the other side!