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The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, 2020. From 01.01.2021 , new EU trade rules with the UK, including customs clearance and VAT, come into effect. They do not apply to Northern Ireland.

 

WE SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS IN NEW CONDITIONS


DHL Parcel offers customs clearance under DAP terms (DDU) – delivered, duty unpaid.

Shipments to the UK

See what the posting and delivery of the parcel as well as additional services look like.

How do I prepare for shipping?

Take care of the EORI, Vat Registration Number and customs clearance authorisation.

Customs clearance – conditions and surcharges

Check conditions for customs clearance and additional payments.

Customs Data


See what data will be needed to create a shipment in DHL24 and what is the customs tariff code.

Customs documents in DHL tools

Check which documents will be generated automatically in the DHL tool.

Restrictions on the carriage of goods


Find out what goods cannot be brought into the UK from 1 January 2021.

DHL PARCEL CONNECT - SHIPMENTS TO THE UK

No DHL Parcel Return Connect and DHL Parcel Return International

Postal customs clearance

  • Single-piece shipments up to 30 kg
  • Maximum dimensions: 1 x 0.5 x 0.5 m
  • Minimum dimensions: 0.01 x 0.15 x 0.11 m
  • Maximum shipment length: 1.5 m
  • The maximum circumference cannot exceed 3 m
    (1 x length + 2 x width + 2 x height)

Commercial customs clearance

  • One-piece shipments up to 31.5 kg
  • Maximum dimensions: 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.6 m
  • Minimum dimensions: 0.01 x 0.15 x 0.11 m
  • Maximum shipment length: 2 m
  • The maximum circumference cannot exceed 3.6 m
    (1 x length + 2 x width + 2 x height)

SHIPMENT AND DELIVERY

  • Prepare shipments online - in electronic tools provided by DHL
  • Print labels and customs documents
  • Send as convenient, as you wish - via courier or at a drop-off point
  • Door-to-door delivery or delivery to your pick-up point (only for commercial clearance)
  • Expected delivery time - 4 working days
  • Delivery from Monday to Friday

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Shipment insurance
  • Email/sms notifications
  • Information about the shipment status

**Does not apply to shipments with postal clearance.

  • Shipping at DHL ServicePoint
  • Pickup at DHL ServicePoint**
  • Delivery confirmation**

CONDITIONS FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE

The Incoterms define the distribution of transport costs, responsibilities and risks between the sender and receiver of a parcel.

 

1. DHL Parcel offers customs clearance under DAP terms (DDU) – delivered, duty unpaid.

  • Sender’s obligations: transport + clearance 
  • Receiver’s obligations: customs duty + taxes (provided that they are charged)

Specific rules apply depending on the value of the goods.

2. For shipments up to £135 

The importer does not pay VAT and customs duty during clearance.


3. For shipments over £135

The importer will be charged VAT and duty during import clearance.

  • VAT is paid by the importer
  • Duty will be charged in case of a non-EU country of origin

ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE

Surcharge for simplified clearance

  • Up to a maximum value of goods of EUR 1,000.
  • It is not possible to receive a confirmation of export entitling to apply 0% VAT rate on exports.
  • Requires CN23 declaration and proforma invoice to be prepared independently in the DHL tool. Printed customs documents should be attached in 2 copies.

Surcharge for individual clearance

  • Up to the maximum value of the goods PLN 100,000.
  • It gives the possibility of receiving a confirmation of export, entitling to apply 0% VAT rate on exports.
  • Requires verification by DHL Parcel in the Netherlands on the basis of a completed customer implementation form, the granting of a power of attorney to DHL Parcel to act as a direct representative to make the declarations prescribed by customs regulations and the attachment of an electronic commercial invoice to the shipment.

Surcharge for each customs tariff code above 5 (not applicable to shipments with simplified clearance)

The customs tariff code is a series of numbers assigned to a given category of goods. On its basis, the product is identified and the appropriate payment is collected at check-in. If the number of customs tariff codes in the shipment exceeds 5, a surcharge will be charged for each additional customs tariff code.

 

Ask your sales representative for the details of the DHL offer.

 

SHIPMENTS TO THE UK

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE - WE WILL CARRY IT OUT FOR YOU

The choice of the procedure depends on the value of your goods and whether you want to recover VAT

 

Do you want to apply for VAT return?

 

NO

  • Postal customs clearance up to EUR 1000

YES

  • Commercial customs clearance up to PLN 100,000

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR SHIPPING?

Postal customs clearance

EORI Number

VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER

 

 

Commercial customs clearance

EORI Number

VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER

Ask your sales representative for details

 

 

EORI - Economic Operators' Registration and Identification, Community System for Registration and Identification of Economic Entities. It is part of the electronic customs system. How to get an EORI number - check HERE

VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER - is a British tax identification number (the equivalent of the Polish NIP), necessary to pay VAT. or shipmentsworth less than £ 135, the EU seller will have to pay VAT in Great Britain (so-called Supply VAT), and for shipments with a value of more than £ 135 - the so-called VAT import. How to get a VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER - check HERE

 

 

CUSTOMS DATA AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Simplified clearance

Detailed description of each article in English

Number, value and weight of each article

Country of origin of the goods

Pro-forma invoice (printed)

CN23 document (printed)

Both documents will be generated automatically in the DHL tool based on the data entered by the customer.

They must be attached to the outside of the package in 2 copies.

The lack of these documents will cause the shipment to return to the Sender who will be charged for the return and customs clearance cost.

Commercial customs clearance

Detailed description of each article in English

Currency in EUR or GBP!

Number, value and weight of each article

Country of origin of the goods

Customs tariff code under the Harmonized System (HS).

Codes are used around the world to classify goods and to determine the amount of duties, taxes and other charges.

All commodity codes are available at https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff.

The commercial invoice in English must be attached electronically in the DHL tool. Below you can find the examples of customs invoices with mandatory data depending on the type of transaction:

GOODS PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED ON INTERNATIONAL CARRIAGE

DHL Parcel does not accept shipments containing:

  • excise goods (alcohol, tobacco) 
  • cash, securities, other documents of a payment nature,
  • valuables (jewellery, works of art, antiques, numismatics, etc.),
  • weapons and ammunition,
  • perishable goods requiring special conditions of transport,
  • chemically and biologically active goods,
  • pets.

In addition, for shipments to the UK:

The customer confirms that the shipped goods do are not:

  • goods for which the formalities for a refund or financial advantage have been fulfilled on exportation under the common agricultural policy; 
  • goods for which an application for a refund of customs or other duties has been made (e.g. business procedures); 
  • goods that are subject to an export ban or restriction; 
  • goods which are the subject of any other formality provided for by Union legislation that the customs authorities must fulfill. 

The customer states that:

  • the content of the shipment is not subject to restrictions in trade under the Act of November 29, 2000 on foreign trade in goods, technologies and services of strategic importance for state security, as well as for the maintenance of international peace and security (consolidated text from the Notice of the Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland of March 3, 2020 (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 509), as amended).
  • the goods dispatched do not appear on the list of dual-use goods specified in Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 of 5 May 2009 establishing a Community system for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (Journal of Laws EU of 2009 L 134/1, as amended).
  • the goods to be shipped do not appear on the arms list referred to in the Decree of the Minister of Development and Technology of 2 December 2021. (Journal of Laws 2021, item 2274) on the list of armaments for which a licence is required.