After the Brexit, right into chaos

Brexit is here, and that seems to be a bit of surprise for some. Who would have guessed, that it would actually happen and even have an impact?

It is february and after some hick-ups and problems between Calais and Dover, for the essential things like food and medical supplies, it has arrived our lovely little hobby. Some of the parcels that were sent last year didn't make it within the pre-brexit time windows and thus were lacking the document for a proper export. And many of the traders couldn't be bothered to supply these post-brexit either, resulting in all kinds of fees, additional costs and delays for the customers.

That caused some discussion, where people exchanged their experience and suggestions on how to avoid these, as you can read the experience of several wargamers on Lead Adventure or Sweetwater. For example paying 30 EUR of fees ontop of a 50-60 EUR package of miniatures. Making it more than just unappealing to order from the UK. Please keep in mind, that the majority of miniatures is produced or at least distributed from the UK. So this is going to hurt the demand of miniatures, or at least consolidate towards those who can supply. I was aware that this could happen, and so I ordered in November Empress Miniatures through a german wholetrader. A couple of emails in the old year, and guess what still hasn't arrived? I won't pay the uppricing and will probably step back from my order - if / when somebody gets in touch with me. But those are the smaller traders and shops. Some even have so ingenious suggestions like "split your orders to below 50 GBP and customs won't bother you" - yeah, that's playing russian roulette with fees and highly unprofessional. Especially from a commercial trader.

Empty Shelf Empty Shelf

As for supply. Some traders didn't receive new stock / novelties this year, even from the larger companies. And if you remember how some of the store shelves looked in spring last year, this might be something that might happen with wargaming as well.

I have currently two shipments from Forge World via UPS incoming, and yes, they still tell me a delivery date is in the past. At first it was just postponed everyday, but now it is just stuck in the past. One of the larger german online stores drove to Herne to get an update - and he did (and shared it on facebook). In other words, around 60 containers arrive everyday at the central, creating a huge backlog of untouched deliveries everyday. First estimations are around a delay of about 4 weeks. Yay - not.

UPS Status

So I kept with my local suppliers ... and then winter returned. -8°, frozen windshields (even a frozen bonnet). And that really messed things up in the North. The second picture shows the warehouse of PK-Pro, a large store for paints and accessoires, that the snow even stopped DHL. He wrote a brief update on this. I participated in one of the travelling boxes, and that one is stuck since friday - without an update or estimated delivery date.

Frozen Car PK-Pro DHL - No Update

I won't be the only one with enough stock, to keep themself busy, but you know the new model syndrom.

Meme - New Models
I simply hope, that we either get some proper distributors in Europe or a proper process for the import, at least some more professional traders.

Posted by Dennis B.

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  1. Hi there Dennis, im living in sweden and im wondering if you put in your forgeworld order in 2021 and if you did, – Did you have to pay 25% in import taxes for it? Im asking as im thinking about putting in an order myself

  2. Hi Johan, still waiting for the parcels to arrive. As far as FW/GW communicated it, all duties should be paid on these, on orders from 2021 as well.

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