Main Content

eCommerce Directive

At the end of the transition period, the eCommerce Directive will no longer apply to the UK.

Changes after EU Exit

Rules relating to online activities in European Economic Area (EEA) countries may newly apply to UK online service providers who operate in the EEA from 1 January 2021.

The eCommerce Directive currently allows EEA online service providers to operate in any EEA country, while only following relevant rules in the country in which they are established. This framework will no longer apply to UK providers as the UK will have left the EEA.

You should consider whether your services are currently in scope of the Directive, and if so, ensure that you are compliant with relevant requirements in each EEA country you operate in.

Depending on the nature of your online services you may already comply with these requirements. This could mean that there are little or no immediate changes you need to make to be compliant from 1 January 2021.

You may also wish to seek legal advice.

Before 1 January 2021, you should check if you are in scope, where your service is based and if new legal requirements will affect you. NI Business Info have guidance on the changes.