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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected]
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.
Information on settlement after Brexit
Information for shippers
Information for consignees
Even with the trade agreement, parcel shipping to and from the UK will change a lot, because the UK became a third country on 1 January 2021. For goods with EU origin there are basically zero customs duties and zero quotas. However, import VAT still has to be paid irrespective of this. This also applies to goods that originate in the UK and are imported into the EU.
The United Kingdom has left the European Union and the existing trade agreements are no longer valid. Parcels from the UK can therefore be subject to VAT, import duties and administrative costs. If shippers have not indicated that they will pay the VAT and/or import duties, you as the consignee will have to pay the costs before the parcel can be delivered to you.
If the value of the goods is less than 22 euros, no VAT and no import duties are due. If the value of the goods is more than 22 euros but less than 150 euros, VAT is charged - import duties are not payable. If the value exceeds 150 euros, VAT and import duties will be charged.
The amount you have to pay as the consignee is made up of import duties, VAT and administrative costs. The exact amount depends on the value of the goods in the parcel, the VAT rate and the rate of import duty.
The administrative costs include the costs for the customs declaration and the documents required for this, together with VAT.
The customs authority sets an import duty rate for each product. Import duties are based on the value of the goods you are importing. If the amount is in a foreign currency, it is converted into euros. The conversion is done according to the exchange rate set by the customs authority every month.