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Brexit and parcel shipping in EU third countries

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Dear customers and partners,


As you can see in the latest media reports, the date of Brexit has been postponed to 31 January 2020. A British resignation before the deadline is also possible, then the target date would be the first day of the following month. How the trade relations between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) will take shape afterwards is still uncertain.

Should it come down to an exit without an applicable exit agreement, customs formalities and third country customs duties between UK and EU have to be expected.

As your strong partner for international parcel shipping, your parcels are, even in case of a hard Brexit, in good hands, for we will still ensure a fast and smooth parcel shipment into EU third countries.

As a support, we have summarized the main steps regarding parcel shipping into UK in case of a hard Brexit. Regarding Brexit, everything is focused on customs clearance. The checklist below informs you step by step about the requirements of a smooth customs clearance in case of a no-deal exit:


To export your products into countries beyond the EU, you’ll need an EORI-Number. 


An EORI-Number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) will be allocated to importers and exporters by the customs. This identification number is necessary for the customs clearance.


Here you can apply for an EORI-Number:


Attention! The processing time for registering applications is at least appointed with about ten working days.

Classify your products with HS-Codes.


The eight digit customs tariff numbers classify products. If the code is indicated at your declarations, customs know which products your shipping contains and how high the import duties and taxes at import are.


Find more information here:

Customs tariff number


Attention! If you don’t indicate the right codes, your products might be assigned to a different product category, for which you might have to pay a different rate of duty.

In case of the UK leaving the EU/Customs Union after 31 October 2019, you have to pay the import tax (value added tax), for goods with a value of 135 GBP or less, directly to the British customs.


For this purpose a preliminary registration is absolutely required:

Please register on the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) platform and indicate the received registration number on each invoice beside the VAT-Number!

EU customs require complete data for import and export.  



  • Name and address of consignor and consignee
  • Telephone number and e-mail address of consignor and consignee
  • Product description
  • Value of the products (0-value is not possible)
  • Customs tariff number
  • Country of origin
  • VAT-Number ( of your recipient is a company, you have to indicate a VAT-number due to the reverse charge)
  • Incoterms (regulate the terms of payment) – only DAP possible

Your consignment must contain documents.


A commercial or pro forma invoice must be attached to each consignment. A commercial invoice is used for products with commercial value. For products with no commercial value, a pro forma invoice is necessary. Please take in account the necessary requirements as described in our current export guidelines:


Please consider:

  • no hazardous goods (incl. LQ) possible
  • no fresh food possible
  • no return orders possible
  • no delivery to Pickup parcel shops possible