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Preparing for Brexit

When is Brexit?

The UK leaves the EU on January 31st 2020. However, there will be an implementation period between 1st February and 31st December 2020, during which time there will be no changes to the terms of trade between the UK and the EU or the UK and the rest of the world.

The rules will change on January 1st 2021. While we don’t yet know what these rules will be, there are some things you can do to prepare.

What happens if the UK leaves without a deal?

At the moment customs clearance is not required for sending parcels, pallets or freight from the UK to any country in the EU, and vice versa.

However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, goods shipped from the UK to EU countries (and vice versa) will be subject to customs clearance, just like sending to any other country in the world.

What can I do to prepare?

The best thing you can do to prepare for any eventuality is to have your international customs documentation in order, just as you would if sending to a country outside of the EU.

Check customs rules

Before shipping to the EU, check if any duties, taxes or controls are imposed on imports from outside of the EU for the goods you are trying to send.

If there are any additional duties, you should notify the receiver as they may be required to pay.

The government announced a temporary no-tariff scheme on most UK imports in the event of no deal but you should still be prepared for if and when this changes.

See the EU’s customs information page, or refer to the UK government website for the most up-to-date customs information.

Classify your goods

As part of your customs declaration, you will need to provide a description and value for each item in your consignment. For commercial shipments, you will need to provide the HS / Commodity Code. These codes are used for calculating duties and taxes.

You can use our Commodity Code Finder or refer to the UK government website. Please also see our Packing List help page to see what information is required.

Register for an EORI Number & transitional procedures

An EORI Number is currently required by any business importing to or exporting from the EU.

In the event of no deal, you’ll need an EORI Number starting with GB to move goods in or out of the UK (which you may already have). You can register online.

You’ll need a separate EORI Number to move goods in or out of the EU. This should be obtained from the EU country with which you first conduct trade, or from which you request your first customs decision.

The UK government website offers detailed advice for UK businesses exporting to the EU, and EU businesses importing to the UK.

You can apply to use the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to speed up customs in some countries.

Businesses importing from the EU to the UK can register for transitional simplified import procedures (TSP).

Prepare for delays

Whatever the outcome, there are likely to be delays in the short-term as supply chains adjust to new rules and customs checks at the border.

There isn’t much you can do about this except to plan around it, allow for more time and let your recipient know of the general disruption in advance.

What are we doing?

We are currently working on adding paperless customs invoicing to help streamline the process and reduce delays.

Whatever happens, we'll guide you through the booking process step by step, to ensure that you have all the information you need.

Need advice? Get in touch

We are happy to help however we can and will always try to keep you updated about your parcel delivery or cargo shipment.

If you have a query about a shipment, please get in touch. You can call us on 0345 145 1212, email sales@transglobalexpress.co.uk, or speak to us on Live Chat.

Our office hours are 8am-6:30pm Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday (excluding bank holidays).

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