The latest information on your UK parcels

The latest information on your UK parcels


On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom (UK) left the EU and the trade agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK entered into force provisionally on 1 January 2021.

In principle, zero tariffs and zero quotas apply to goods of EU origin exported to the UK. The same applies to goods of UK origin imported into the EU. Exceptions apply to some groups of goods.

In spite of the agreement, all goods to and from the UK are subject to customs inspection.  For this reason it is necessary that you provide us with complete and accurate data on your shipments to and from the UK so that we can forward your shipment without delay.

On this page we provide you with all the important information about Brexit.



Important information for shippers who use their own shipping systems

Please make sure that your shipping system is able to record the customs and shipment data required by the customs authorities and transmit the data to DPD. Our "File Format MPSEXPDATA 1.30" specification in the download area on this page will tell you step by step how to adapt your shipping system correctly. This is the only version that contains all the necessary system adjustments required in the course of Brexit.


New VAT rules for shipments from non-EU countries as of 1 July 2021

New VAT rules for shipments from non-EU countries as of 1 July 2021

With effect from 1 July 2021, the European Union is amending the cross-border VAT rules that will apply. On this date, the previous exemption limit of 22 euros will be abolished. This means that, as a rule, parcel consignees will have to pay import duties for all goods they order in a non-EU country (e.g. China, UK, USA) in the country where the consumption of the ordered goods takes place. From this point on, all consignments from a non-EU country will have to be declared to customs.

We have summarized the most important questions and information on the newly applicable VAT regulations for shipments from non-EU countries from July 1, 2021.

Frequently asked questions from consignees

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What will change for parcel consignees in Germany who are expecting a shipment from the UK?

Even with the trade agreement, there will be some changes in parcel shipping to and from the UK, as the UK became a non-EU country on 1 January 2021. For goods with EU origin, there are basically zero customs duties and zero quotas. However, import VAT will still have to be paid. The same will apply to goods originating in the UK and imported into the EU. Please note that the exemption limit of 22 euros for goods from non-EU countries will cease to apply on 1 July 2021. This means that you will generally have to pay import duties on all goods you order from a third country such as the UK, in the country where the consumption takes place.

Why do I have to pay more for the goods I order?

The United Kingdom has left the European Union and the existing trade agreements are no longer valid. Parcels from the United Kingdom can therefore be subject to import VAT, import duties and a service charge. From 1 July 2021, the exemption limit of 22 euros will no longer apply to goods imported from non-EU countries. Consignees will then have to pay duties on these goods if they exceed a value of 1 euro, unless the consignor has already paid the duties. This is the case, for example, if you buy goods worth less than 150 euros outside the EU, the seller is IOSS-registered and the procedure applies. If the sender is not IOSS-registered, you as the consignee have to pay the import VAT and possible customs duties, which we have to charge you.

How is the additional amount to be paid calculated?

The amount you have to pay as the consignee is made up of import duties, import VAT and a service charge. The exact amount depends on the value of the goods, the VAT rate and the rate of import duty.

What is the composition of the administrative costs?

The service fee includes the costs of customs processing and the documents required for this plus VAT.

How is the import VAT calculated?

Import VAT is charged on the value of the goods you import at a rate of 7 or 19 per cent. In other words, the price of the goods plus import duties, commissions and the cost of shipping (including the cost of insurance) to the destination.