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Shoppers are being hit by delays and extra fees of up to £5 on items shipped from the EU Top retailers including Asics and Sezane blame Brexit for delivery chaos  Parcels with wrong documentation are being returned to sender at the border Retailers selling to Britain now have to pay customs duties and fill out forms

By Alex Lawson For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:22 GMT, 17 January 2021 | Updated: 01:28 GMT, 17 January 2021

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Shoppers are being hit by delays and extra fees of up to £5 on items shipped from the EU.

Top retailers including & Other Stories, Asics, Sezane and Goodhood have blamed Brexit for the delivery chaos, with hold-ups lasting days or even weeks.

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In some cases, parcels with the wrong documentation are being returned to sender when they reach the border. The main cause of the delays is understood to be new paperwork and extra customs and border security arrangements.

Shoppers are being hit by delays and extra fees of up to £5 on fashion items shipped from the EU. Lorries are pictured above at a clearance centre

Shoppers are being hit by delays and extra fees of up to £5 on items shipped from the EU. Lorries are pictured above at a clearance centre

Under new rules, anyone sending parcels from the EU to the UK needs to fill in forms including proof of origin and the reason for sending the package.

Retailers selling to Britain now have to pay customs duties and fill out declaration forms, as well as registering for VAT in the UK. VAT relief on imported goods under £15 has also been abolished.

The import headaches come as shops see a spike in online orders while Britain is in lockdown.

Problems are being compounded by high levels of sickness among postal workers due to Covid.

Meanwhile, some retailers and

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