With the regulated EU withdrawal on 31 January 2020, transitional arrangements agreed between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) initially apply until the end of 2020. As a result, the rules of the customs union will continue to apply until the end of the transitional arrangements and the free movement of goods will continue until 31.12.2020.

It is currently uncertain how trade relations between the UK and the EU will develop.

Should a withdrawal without an applicable withdrawal agreement nevertheless occur after the expiry of the interim period, customs formalities and regular non-EU customs duties are to be expected in trade between the UK and the EU from that date.

As a reliable partner for international parcel shipping, your parcels are in good hands with us, because we continue to ensure fast and smooth parcel shipping to non-EU countries.

To assist you, we have summarised below the most important measures for parcel delivery to the UK in the event of withdrawal without an applicable withdrawal agreement. With Brexit everything revolves around customs clearance. This checklist explains step by step important requirements for trouble-free customs clearance in the event of an unregulated departure.


Below you will find the most important measures for sending parcels to the UK in the event of a hard Brexit.

Step by step - requirements for trouble-free customs clearance in the event of an unregulated Brexit:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

Please note:

  • no hazardous goods (incl. LQ)
  • no fresh foodstuffs possible
  • no collection requests possible
  • no delivery to Pickup parcel shops