The price of Pokémon Trading Card Game products in the European Union are set to increase by 10% this September, following an ongoing wider trade dispute between the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and the European Union, The Pokémon Company International apparently confirmed to retailers today. The new prices will go into effect from 10th September 2018.
In a message shared online by retailer Galactic Toy Store UK, the notification directly cites a 10% trade tariff introduced by the European Union as the cause of the increase. Implemented on 22nd June 2018, the measure is a direct response to the United States’ Trump administration imposing similar tariffs on European steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) imports.
The Pokémon Company International noted that they reviewed available options to potentially avoid this cost impacting consumers, but were unable to find a viable solution.
The next expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the mini-set Dragon Majesty, is set to launch on 21st September 2018.
We have reached out to Hope & Glory PR, who represent The Pokémon Company International in the United Kingdom, for comment and will update this article when we receive a response.