Since January the 1st 2021 the trade agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom entered temporarily into force. For goods that are exported from the EU to the UK applies basically a zero duty and a zero contingent, the import turnover tax applies nevertheless. The same applies to goods with UK origin that are imported to the EU. Solely some goods are excepted.
Despite the treaty, all goods from and to the UK are subject to an audit by the customs. Hence it is vital that you pass on complete and correct documents for the shipment to the UK. That way, we can ensure, that your shipment meets the requirements of the customs, so that your parcel can be delivered smoothly.
As your strong partner for international shipment, your parcels are in the best hands with us. Because we furthermore ensure a fast and smooth delivery to EU third countries.
Below you will find the most important measures for sending parcels to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit.
EORI number – to export your products to countries outside the EU, you need an EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number. This is allocated to importers and exporters by the national customs authorities. This identification number is required for customs processing. You can apply for an EORI number.
Please note! The processing time for applications is at least approximately ten working days.
Customs tariff number, HS codes - The eight-digit customs tariff numbers are used to classify products. If you provide this code on your customs declaration, the customs authorities will know which goods are included in your shipment and the amount of import duties and taxes payable on import.
Please note! If you fail to provide the correct codes, your products may be assigned to a different product category, for which you may have to pay a different rate of duty.
HMRC registration number - If the UK leaves the EU/Customs Union after 31 October 2019, then for goods to the value of ≤ 135 GBP the (import) VAT is payable directly to the UK customs authorities. For this purpose advance registration is mandatory. Please register on the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) platform and then enter the registration number received there on all invoices next to the EORI number!
Export and import data - the EU customs authorities require complete data for export and import.
Name and address of the shipper and consignee; telephone number and email address of the shipper and consignee; description of the goods; value of the goods (0 values cannot be accepted); customs tariff number; country of origin (country where the goods were manufactured); EORI number; in addition, a registration number from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if the value of the goods in the consignment is GBP 135 or less; VAT identification number (if your consignee is a business, you will need to enter the VAT number of the consignee due to the transfer of the tax liability); Incoterms (regulate the payment terms for the consignee), only DAP possible.
Documents - each shipment must be accompanied by a commercial or pro forma invoice. A commercial invoice is used for goods with commercial value. A pro forma invoice is required for goods without commercial value. Please see the necessary requirements in our current export guidelines
Essential before the first shipment! More than one customer number is possible!
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Please note that if you are carrying out collective customs clearance for UK parcels, it must NOT contain Northern Ireland parcels as these will be transported via a different route.