After the European Commission was able to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom on a trade deal on 24 December 2020, the new year begins with a rather soft exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. What this means for your shipping and how to avoid long delivery times can be found in our Brexit shipping FAQ. Of course, there may be some adjustments as we move forward, we’ll be happy to keep you updated.
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After the exit of the United Kingdom (UK), customs declarations are required for imports and exports. You should also be aware of the following
This depends on the shipping company, but will be realistic due to additional operating costs.
DHL Express, for example, is announcing a special surcharge for dutiable shipments between the UK and the European Union from 1 January 2021 due to significant additional operating costs incurred by the company. This is expected to be €0.25 per kg, according to the company.
The shipping service providers strive to hand over deliveries to the recipient as quickly as possible. However, delays may occur due to customs clearance. There are shipping service providers who, for example, switch from trucks to planes to ensure on-time delivery.
THE EORI number (Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification) is a European Union requirement for companies importing or exporting goods to and from the EU. If you have traded outside the EU you will already have an EORI number, if you have only traded within the EU you will need to register now LINK Get an EORI number – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Duty-free are all goods that have been manufactured entirely in the EU or UK or that have complied with the agreed rules of origin and fulfilled formalities. Despite the concluded trade agreement, every shipment needs a commercial invoice with information for the customs authorities. This helps the authorities to assess whether the goods can be imported or exported to a country and what controls, if any, are required. It is essential to provide an invoice with the correct information as it reduces the potential for delays.
CHECKLIST for you correct shipping after Brexit
The European Union provides a general “Brexit readiness checklist for companies doing business with the UK” covering a wide range of implications for traders from the EU to the UK.
The UK government has also published a handbook for hauliers and commercial drivers transporting goods between the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) and the European Union: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transporting-goods-between-great-britain-and-the-eu-from-1-january-2021-guidance-for-hauliers