On-line Retail and Distance Selling

The term distance selling refers to the sale of goods via internet sales, telephone or mail order where the supplier of the goods is also responsible for the delivery of the goods in the EU.


Cross border selling to consumers over the internet (distance selling) has escalated significantly in recent years with an explosive year on year growth in sales across the EU.


When distance selling thresholds are exceeded it is very important for companies to VAT register and file VAT returns in the country they are selling into or they will risk heavy fines and penalties. Distance selling thresholds do vary from country to country and Essentia are happy to advise you of the relevant thresholds in each country and ensure you remain compliant with international VAT law.

VAT Countries

Essentia supplies support spanning Europe and the Globe.
Australia Czech Republic India Netherlands Slovenia USA
Austria Denmark Ireland New Zealand South Africa
Belgium United Arab Emirates Israel Norway South Korea
Brazil Estonia Italy Poland Spain
Bulgaria Finland Japan Portugal Sweden
Canada France Latvia Romania Switzerland
China Germany Lithuania Saudi Arabia Taiwan
Croatia Hungary Luxembourg Serbia Turkey
Cyprus Iceland Malta Slovak Republic United Kingdom