Be prepared for Brexit

With Brexit negotiations still going on, it’s not clear yet how shipping to and from the UK will change. To help you prepare for Brexit, we have put together some key actions that you may need to take when and if Britain leaves the EU.

Apply for an EORI number

An EORI number is a unique identification number used by customs authorities to track shipments entering or leaving the European Union from non-EU countries. In the case of Brexit, Britain will become a non-EU country, so shipments to and from the UK will need an EORI number. To be prepared you can apply for one already through your country’s government website.

What’s an EORI number? Watch the video below or visit the EORI number page.

Remember to fill in a commercial invoice

The most important documents you need are the commercial invoice and air waybill. If you’re sending regulated goods, such as alcohol, electronics or medical devices, then you and your receiver might need to provide extra documents.

From the moment the UK leaves the EU, it’s highly likely that all shipments to or from the UK will need a commercial invoice. This document is one of the most important things you need when shipping to and from the EU. It provides key information for customs to clear your goods – so take care to fill it in correctly.

How do I fill in a commercial invoice? Watch the video below or visit the commercial invoice page.

Declare the correct value of your goods

Customs authorities use the goods value written on the commercial invoice to clear your shipment and determine duties and taxes. That’s why it’s important to state an accurate value clearly on your paperwork and ensure that it’s correct. You’ll have to start declaring this value the moment the UK officially leaves the EU.

How do I declare an accurate value? Watch the video below or visit the page on how to declare the value your goods.

Be aware of duties and taxes

At the point that the UK leaves the EU, goods will no longer be in free circulation and customs authorities will begin collecting duties and taxes. To get ready for this, it’s a good idea to learn the difference between duties and taxes, what they’re based on and how they’re calculated.

How are duties and taxes calculated? Watch the video below or visit the duties and taxes page.

Any questions? Take a look at our Brexit Toolkit or send an email to or for shipping advice.

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