Delivery tax on the cards for online shoppers

delivery van

Online shopping faces the prospect of a delivery levy to address the environmental impact of fulfilment.

The government is considering imposing a tax on online shopping deliveries because of the rise of ecommerce – especially during lockdown – and its consequent contribution to carbon emissions, The Times has reported.

A report from the Department for Transport (DfT) found that free and next-day delivery options had led to “over-ordering” because it is so easy for shoppers to return purchases they do not want free of charge.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Two free article views per calendar month on
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few moments before your account is updated.