Shipping to the UK after Brexit

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU). Following a transition period that ended on December 31, 2020, regulations for shipping to the UK have changed. Here are a few points to keep in mind and actions to take when you are shipping to the UK post-Brexit.

Although Northern Ireland is part of the UK, it currently falls under the EU customs regulations. This means that if you’re sending goods between the EU and Northern Ireland, customs procedures for shipments moving within the EU will apply. However, a shipment from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will have to clear customs as if it was entering the EU from a non-EU country.

Apply for an EORI number

You’ll need an EORI number if you are shipping between:

  • Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) or the Isle of Man and any other country (including the EU)

  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Great Britain and the Channel Islands

  • Northern Ireland and countries outside the EU

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. After Brexit, Britain became 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.

The Commercial invoice provides key information, such as the HS code, 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. Now that the UK officially left the EU, you’ll probably have to start declaring this value.

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

When shipping to Great Britain, keep in mind that most goods are subject to VAT. Additionally, customs duties are charged on all excise goods and goods worth more than £135(GBP).

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

For more information, take a look at our Brexit Toolkit.

Shipping requirements and documentation may vary between carriers. This website is designed to provide general information related to shipping. If you’re unsure of the shipping requirements that apply to you, check with your carrier. Make sure to check the rules and regulations of the country you’re shipping from and to prior to shipping. You can find this information on government websites.

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