Isle of Man Orders
Orders placed by customers in the Isle of Man are welcomed but with regard to our "Free UK Delivery (inc. Highlands, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands) on orders £50 and over" policy there is some confusion.
The following should help in clarifying the position.
- The Isle of Man is not part of the UK, but following the 1979 Customs and Excise Agreement, it is treated as part of the UK for VAT purposes. This means that goods sent from the UK to the Isle of Man are not treated as exports, and so VAT must be charged at the usual UK VAT rate.
- When sending mail to the Island from elsewhere, the Isle of Man is treated as though it were part of the United Kingdom, and mail from the UK continues to be charged at Royal Mail's UK inland rates. Interestingly, the Isle of Man Post Office is a member of the Small European Postal Administration Cooperation.
- The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, but has the status of 'Crown Dependency', similar to Jersey and Guernsey, with an independent administration. Its inhabitants are British citizens.
In short, the "Free UK Delivery on orders £50 and over" policy is applicable to the Isle of Man, and VAT at the UK rate is also payable.