On 29 January 2020, the European Parliament ratified the Brexit withdrawal agreement that had been ratified earlier in January by the UK Parliament. As a consequence, on 31 January 2020 the UK leaves the European Union, and the Transition Period as stated in the Withdrawal Agreement begins. During this period, nothing changes for trade of goods and services between the UK and the EU. It means goods keep on circulating freely between the UK and the rest of the EU, without customs declarations or controls. It will last until 31 December 2020, allowing the UK and the EU to negotiate a Trade Deal that would be applicable as of 1 January 2021.

It was possible to realize an extension, but only if the United Kingdom and the European Union agreed on the extension before 1 July 2020. That did not happen. The United Kingdom will definitely leaving the European Union.

DPD will follow the progress of the negotiations closely and will inform you as soon as new information is available

Prepare for Brexit:

Brexit ready brochure (Dutch only)

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Brexit ready keurmerk

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Be prepared for it!

It’s important that you undertake the required preparations yourself to be Brexit-ready.

Four matters are important in this:

  1. Do you already hold an EORI number for export to the United Kingdom?
  2. Do your products carry HS codes?
  3. Have you chosen the transport condition with which you want to ship your parcels?
  4. Have you registered with Customs in the United Kingdom?

We have produced a brochure (only available in Dutch) specially for you, detailing the required information.

Registering with HMRC (Customs in the United Kingdom)

The United Kingdom introduced VAT legislation (VAT notice 1003) at the start of 2019. A transition period applies, but in the future it will be mandatory for a shipper to pay VAT himself for parcels worth ≤ £135.

Do you regularly send parcels worth ≤ £135 to the United Kingdom? Then register with HMRC (the Customs authority in the United Kingdom) so that you can pay the VAT in future. Registration is very simple. You can download a complete description below.