For those of us used to buying from the UK, Brexit came as a blow, one I only truly realised the extent of after one silly purchase and a hefty customs charge on delivery.
Never again, I said. It’s a promise I’ve stuck to.
Not surprisingly, it turns out things are just as bad on the other side of the divide, with a new study showing that British businesses and individuals spent approximately €2.6 billion (£2.2 billion) between January and July on import duties alone.
That’s an astounding 42% increase on stats for the first seven months of 2020. Read more about it here.
While this focus may be on the UK side, it got me thinking about how habits on both sides of the Channel have been forced to change in the Brexit aftermath.
Living in a foreign country comes with many benefits but inevitably we all miss some obscure thing from home. Maybe it’s a certain food or perhaps a particular brand of soap.
Hell, for me, it’s a luminous pink toothpaste of all things.
For now, my stocks are high, but there will come a time when I won’t be able to source this for a reasonable price. A part of my daily routine that has moved with me overseas might disappear, soon to be a once-in-a-while luxury item that I must stash away in hand luggage.
That’s remarkably hard-hitting for such a small thing, but I’m sure we all have our own little piece of home.
So, what’s your thing? What do you need?
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