Preparing for Brexit
When do the rules change?
The UK left the EU at the beginning of 2020. This was followed by a transition period of a year in which our terms of trade remained the same, in theory to give us more time to hash out the details of a new trade deal.
However, on 1st January 2021, this transition period ends. With only weeks to go, we still don't have a deal, so it's looking increasingly likely that we'll fall back on standard WTO rules.
What does this mean?
Until now, customs clearance has not been required when shipping goods between the UK and EU countries. From 1st January 2021, however, a customs declaration will be required when exporting goods from the UK to the EU, and vice versa. In other words, it'll be just like sending to a country outside of the EU.
Your customs declaration will need to detail the contents of your shipment, alongside the appropriate tariff codes for identification purposes.
Goods shipped between the UK and the EU will also be subject to customs duties and taxes - please see below for more details.
Advice / requirements from our carriers
DHL Brexit Customer Information (PDF download)
DPD Brexit Guide (PDF download)
FedEx Brexit Checklist 2021 (PDF download)
UPS Brexit Playbook (PDF download)
What can I do to prepare?
The government has provided a step-by-step guide for what you need to do to prepare. We've also listed some essentials below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to us on Live Chat.
Our office hours are 8am-6:30pm Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday (excluding bank holidays).