William Shatner to stop selling merchandise to UK fans over costly international trading changes

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 01:  Actor William Shatner during C2E2 at McCormick Place on March 01, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

Star Trek icon William Shatner has said he will be forced to stop selling merchandise to UK fans because of impending changes to international trading costs.

The actor, best known for playing Captain James T Kirk in the hugely popular sci-fi franchise, took to social media recently to warn buyers and apologise to fans.

His tweet claimed the British government planned to make sellers from abroad collect VAT on orders being sent to the UK as of next year.

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William Shatner (Actor) with Leonard Nimoy during filming shown in new ABC-TV’s fall series: “T.J. Hooker” on Dec. 14, 1982. (AP Photo/RED)
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the dynamic duo in “Star Trek,” meet again on Jan. 29, 1983 after 13 years in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “T.J. Hooker,” in which Shatner portrays the star, Hooker, and Nimoy his former partner and now a lieutenant who’s after the man who allegedly attacked his daughter. The episode is scheduled to air on February 5. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon)
FILE - In this March 28, 1978 file photo, William Shatner, center, who plays Capt. James Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, left, who plays Spock, attend a Paramount Studio press conference about the new "Star Trek" movie in Los Angeles. Shatner's latest memoir, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man," is out Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. In the book, Shatner details his conflicted relationship with friend and "Star Trek" comrade Nimoy, who died last February.(AP Photo/JLR, File)
Cast members of “Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan” get together for a special salute on “The MERV Show,” during taping for that upcoming show on Tuesday, May 18, 1982 in Los Angeles. Members of the USS Enterprise, from left, are William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Bibi Besch. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor William Shanter, talks with persons outside the set of Star Trek III Aug. 25, 1983, on the lot of Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, where a major fire burned several sets. (AP PhotoDouglas /Pizac)
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William Shatner, who stars Captain Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in the movie “Star Trek” arrives the world premier of the show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1979 at the McArthur Theater in Washington. The lady with Shatner is unidentified. (AP Photo/Cook)
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Captain James T. Kirk, otherwise known as American actor William Shatner, at Heathrow Airport with his wife Marcie. Shatner beamed in from Paris for the British premiere of the full-length feature film version of 'Star Trek'.
Captain James T. Kirk, otherwise known as American actor William Shatner, at Heathrow Airport with his wife Marcie. Shatner beamed in from Paris for the British premiere of the full-length feature film version of 'Star Trek'.
Actor William Shatner poses in his police sergeant uniform during break in taping of his TV show “T.J. Hooker” on Oct. 28, 1985. (AP Photo/Lacy Atkins)
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Sharon Stone and William Shatner present the award for outstanding writing for a drama series during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Co-stars Patrick Stewart, left, and William Shatner are shown at the Paramount Pictures 25th anniversary celebration of the sci-fi television show "Star Trek" in Los Angeles, Ca., June 6, 1991. The event also marks the official presentation of Paramount's newest office building, named after the series' creator Gene Roddenberry. (AP Photo/Julie Markes)
Former commander of the Starship Enterprise Captain Kirk (US actor William Shatner) sits on the bridge of a mock up of the Enterprise at Star Trek: The Adventure - an exhibition celebrating 35 years of the TV show and feature films - at Hyde Park.
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Actor William Shatner, left, chats with host Craig Ferguson during a segment of the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
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William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek, during a press conference to launch Destination Star Trek Europe at The NEC in Birmingham.
George Takei (right) and William Shatner (left), who played Hikaru Sulu and Captain Kirk respectively in the original Star Trek, during a photocall to launch Destination Star Trek Europe at The NEC in Birmingham.
(L-R) Henry Winkler and William Shatner arrives at the 2018 NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour held at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
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He wrote: "UK folks; looks like your government is wanting to force vendors outside of your country to collect VAT on orders being shipped to the UK staring [sic] 1 Jan.

"I had my staff investigate costs & it's over £1000/yr just to file these forms via a service. That's too much for a small store."

A second tweet added: "That's too much for a small store to absorb or we would have to raise prices considerably.

"Unfortunately unless something happens to change that we will suspend accepting orders from the UK at ShatnerStore.com starting January 1st. I'm sorry."

Despite not mentioning the UK's impending withdrawal from the EU, some followers suggested the claim was merely a rumour "started by a remainiac" and a "remainiac delusion".

This prompted Shatner to respond with a link to a government website confirming this wasn't the case.

Shatner was also questioned why he was bothered about paying an extra £1,000 per year, to which he responded: "No that's just the cost to file the forms. There's an entirely separate cost for the added work needed to determine, collect, fill out forms and pay the VAT. All of that is manpower which costs $$.

"Why should I do the job of a foreign government whom I have no connection with?"

The William Shatner online store sells a host of merchandise from the Canadian star's TV shows including Star Trek, TJ Hooker and Boston Legal.

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