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John Lewis stops global delivery to focus on UK market

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Jan '21
Pic: John Lewis Partnership
Pic: John Lewis Partnership
UK department store chain John Lewis has stopped d its international delivery service after a number of British retailers scrapped their shipping to the European Union (EU). The decision is not related to Brexit, but was part of a new strategy for the next two years to focus on the domestic market as the company struggles to trade, it said.

“As part of our Partnership Plan for the next two years, we have decided to focus on areas of the business that will deliver products and services for our local UK customers,” John Lewis was quoted as saying by British media reports.

“As such, we are no longer pursuing international expansion and decided to cease our online international delivery service in mid-December,” it said.

Orders from the UK site of online fashion retailer Asos can no longer be delivered to Europe, while its local European sites are still running as per routine. Department store Fortnum & Mason is not delivering to either Northern Ireland or the EU.

Under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, goods traded between the UK and the EU remains tariff-free. However, those imported into the United Kingdom and then exported on to the EU are often not exempt.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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