Prices from the Royal mail for domestic post cost around £2 for a small parcel, while ‘overseas’ transactions can cost over £8; An increase of 250 per cent.
If Scotland becomes independent, parcels sent to England could be classed as the latter.
This may in particular affect Scottish micro-businesses who sell crafted or homemade goods.
These businesses must choose whether to offset high costs to the consumer – and face being outcompeted – or absorb costs and thin margins.
Managing director of packing supplier ascdirect.co.uk, Andrew Woodhead, said: “Online shopping is competitive as shoppers are becoming savvier and compare prices across multiple shopping sites to find the ‘cheapest’ deal.
“Many sellers offer free delivery to compete with the big players but with independence it is assumed there will come a postal increase which will mean a bigger postal cost for these sellers to absorb.”
Scotland has a large and growing contingent of micro-enterprises, who export, around the UK, products like fabrics (tartan), woodcarvings, as well as small whisky distilleries.
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