DPD France supports you while sending parcels to the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union on January 1st 2021 marked the end of the free movement of goods, reintroducing customs formalities and import and export declarations for all transactions.

DPD France helps you developing your sales and shipments to the UK.

Ready to send parcels to the UK?
Check these key points

Do you have a FR EORI No ?

Is the total value of the goods you are shipping
more or less than £135 (€150) ?
less than
more than

The goods you are
shipping have a total value
of less than £135


Solution offered by DPD France

DAP under £ 135
Import duty
No import duty


  • To be paid by the sender via his UK VAT number.
  • However, the importer will be able to pay the VAT if he provides this number on the invoice.

Please ensure that your importer in the United Kingdom has a UK EORI number and UK VAT number.


  • To be paid by the sender via his UK VAT number.

Please ensure that you are registered with HMRC to obtain a UK EORI and VAT number by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/log-in-register-hmrc-online-services

The goods you are
shipping have a total value
of more than £135


Solutions offered by DPD France

  • Payment of VAT by the importer in the United Kingdom indicated on the invoice.
  • The importer will be notified via SMS & email to pay the amounts due.
DDP via the PVA(Postponed VAT Accounting)
  • Payment of VAT by the importer in the United Kingdom indicated on the invoice.
  • Importers must be registered at the HMRC and get a DAN number to use this option.
  • Importers are invited to contact DPD UK: [email protected] to authorise them to use their PVA number.
Payment 1x / quarter. If no UK bank account -> Use PVA with UK VAT number.
DDP via the DAN(Deferment Account Number)
  • Payment of VAT by the importers in the United Kingdom via the DAN number indicated on the invoice.
  • Importers must be registered at the HMRC and get a DAN number to use this option.
  • Importers are invited to contact DPD UK: [email protected] to authorise them to use their DAN.
The customer has a UK bank account which allows HMRC to deduct VAT directly from this account.
Bulk(Group customs clearance)
  • This solution applies to a minimum shipment of 10 parcels/day.
  • Its implementation requires a preliminary study by the export department before starting.
  • Electronic customs documents.
  • Specific tariff including export customs and import customs.
Please contact your sales representative to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Do you have a FR EORI No ?


As a reminder For all types of shipments (B2B and/or B2C)

The good quality of the data (EDI) you send us is essential to ensure the satisfaction of your recipients, as well as the optimal routing of their parcels with the best possible and expected quality of service.

  • Mobile phone number of your recipient

Mandatory information in your EDI files and on your invoices

For B2C shipments valued at less than £135, don’t forget to add the UK VAT charged to your recipient on the invoice.

Your invoice must include the following information:

  • Products
  • Unit and total quantities
  • Unit and total weight
  • The origin (if European Union origin), the preferential origin must be stated: «The exporter of the products covered by this document declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of UE preferential origin».
  • The customs nomenclature (HS code)
  • Unit prices by reference and total prices
  • An Incoterm
  • A currency
  • Number of packages and number of packages concerned (if multi-shipment)
  • Shipper’s name and full contact details (SIRET no., VAT no., etc.)
  • The name and full details of the recipient (EORI no., VAT no., etc.)
  • Cost of transport

Key steps for successful shipments to the UK


1. Get your EORI number

EORI stands for Economic Operators Registration and Identification number.
You will need this number to export goods to the UK, as well as to import goods from the UK into Europe.

Applying for an EORI number is a simple process that can be done via the French customs website. It can take up to 3 days for this EORI number to become active.

Remember that any import or export operation without this EORI number will result in the goods being detained.


2. Know the customs nomenclature (HS code) of your products


Find out the HS codes (Harmonised System, also known as customs codes) of the products you wish to export from the European Union.

These HS codes allow customs to identify your products and to know what rate of VAT or duty to apply to your goods. No goods can be exported or imported without these codes.

For more information on HS codes, please visit the dedicated HS codes page on the French customs website.


3. Drawing up a commercial or pro forma invoice

A commercial or pro forma invoice is required when you ship goods outside the EU.

This is essentially a declaration containing all the information about the goods, which will be used by the customs authorities to assess the duties or taxes to be paid. The commercial invoice is used when the goods are the subject of a commercial transaction or are intended for resale. The pro forma invoice is used when you are shipping goods that have no commercial value (e.g. samples).

Please note: the parcel declaration requires one invoice per parcel. Each invoice must describe and correspond to the contents of each parcel shipped.

  1. Sender's details
    The consignor, if a commercial enterprise, must indicate the EORI number assigned to it by the customs administration.

  2. Reason for export
    Examples: sale, repair, return after repair, gift, sample, personal use, not for resale, replacement or personal business.

  3. Incoterms
    The incoterms used by DPD for the transit of your goods to the UK are :

    DAP: Delivered At Place
    DDP: Delivered Duty Paid

  4. Description of goods
    Generic or imprecise descriptions are not accepted and will result in additional customs clearance delays. The description must include the name of the items, quantity per item, composition, unit value and intended use. Simply describing items as "samples", "spare parts" or "spare parts", for example, is not acceptable in terms of nomenclature and customs security.

  5. Customs nomenclature (HS codes)
    This is the product identification code used by the exporting country for the classification of goods for export. Specifying the customs code for each product facilitates customs clearance and avoids delays.

  6. Country of manufacture / origin
    This is the country in which the goods were manufactured, not the importing country.

  7. Total declared value
    This is the total value of the transaction for customs purposes. The total value shown on your invoice must match the value declared on your waybill.

  8. Unit and total weight
    It is essential that you indicate the weight of each item on your invoice, as well as their total weight.

  9. Cost of transport
    The transport costs charged by the carrier and paid by the sender.

To help you, we have provided sample commercial and pro forma invoices for your B2B and B2C shipments, which you can download here.

Importing goods worth less than £135 into the UK

From 1 January 2021, UK VAT on orders worth less than £135 becomes sales tax. UK VAT must be accounted for at the point of sale by the overseas seller (you). Import VAT will therefore not be collected on orders below this value (excluding shipping and insurance).


4. Knowing which incoterms to use

Two incoterms are allowed for your shipments to the UK:

DAP: Delivered At Place

If the value is over £135 :

  • Payment of VAT by the importer, whether business or private
  • Customs duties will be collected by the UK authorities.

If the value is less than £135 :

  • Payment of VAT by the exporter with their UK VAT number, whether the importer is a business or an individual
  • No customs duties will be collected by the UK authorities.

DDP: Delivered Duty Paid

Regardless of value, but only in the case of a group clearance:

  • VAT paid by the exporter.
  • Customs duty will be collected by the UK authorities if the value is over £135
  • Requires a pre-start-up review by our Export Department.

5. Obtaining your UK VAT number

We invite you to apply for a UK VAT number on the UK authorities website.

This UK VAT number is required to export to the UK.
Remember to include your VAT number on your commercial or pro forma invoices to avoid misrepresentation and misinvoicing to your UK customers.