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While Brexit discussions are in progress, DPD is preparing for potential major changes in trade and operation between the United Kingdom and the European Union to ensure easy and smooth cross-border deliveries of your parcels. Negotiations between the UK and the EU continue, and at this time there is still no clear indication of how future trade relations will work. DPD will continue to engage in the Brexit process and developing plans for the most likely outcomes.



EORI Number

Apply for an EORI number if you do not already ship goods outside the EU. EORI stands for Economic Operators Registration and Identification number.

For almost any Brexit scenario, this number will be required for your business to export goods to the UK and will be required for your business to import goods from the UK into the EU.

Registration for the EORI is straightforward and can be done via the website of local customs authorities, where usually a guide show you exactly what to do.

It can take up to 3 days for this EORI number to be live.  Remember that if you attempt to import from, or export to, the UK (or any country outside the EU) without this number, your goods will be held.


The EORI number is structured as follows:



Field type




Identifier of the Member State assigning the number (ISO alpha 2 country code)

Alphabetic 2




Unique identifier in a Member State

Alphanumeric 15



Example of EORI number: PL1234567890ABCDE for a Polish exporter (country code PL) whose unique national number is 1234567890ABCDE.


Commodities (HS code)

Start looking up HS (Harmonisation) codes for the products that you wish to export from the EU. These HS codes are also known as Commodity Codes. 

These codes let Customs know what your product is, and what VAT or Duty rate to charge for the goods. Goods cannot be exported or imported without these HS codes.  If you have a number of different products to sell, you should start compiling these codes now.


Link for the Taric site for the EU: This site will help you to find your HS codes.


Structure of TARIC codes and of the additional codes















HS Chapter

HS Heading

HS Subheading

CN Subheading

Taric Code


TARIC code

1 to 6 are world wide identical (except some countries)

7 to 10 : details of the commodities

11 to 14 : additional code at import impacted the duty code


Commercial invoice

A commercial or pro forma invoice is needed when you ship goods outside the European Union. It is mainly a declaration including all information relating to goods, which will be used by customs authorities in order to evaluate the duties or taxes to pay. A commercial invoice is used when the goods are related to a commercial transaction or for resale. A pro forma invoice is used when sending goods without any commercial value (for example samples).



If you ship with DPD via API, an integrated system or EDI (electronic data interchange), you will need to speak with your IT team, as there will be updates that need to be done in preparation for Brexit to ensure that data such as descriptions, values or HS codes are included and on DPD format. Potentially, if data are not complete and/or incorrect, parcels will not leave the sending country.i.


The “Guide of information to be provided by customers” below highlights the mandatory information you will have to provide.

Mandatory data to be provided by customers:


  • Detailed description of goods and classification code;
  • Value of goods  and where the goods have been manufactured;
  • Sender data: address, EORI number, phone, e-mail;
  • Receiver data: address, EORI number (if the receiver is Business), phone, e-mail. NB! If the receiver's phone is missing then parcels will not leave the sending country.