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With Brexit the UK will leave the European Union and will be treated as a customs destination.

As of January 1, 2021, the UK stopped integrating the single market and the EU customs union, meaning that customs and/or tax formalities are required for the sending of goods. However, thanks to the historic agreement between both parties on December 24th, trade between the UK and EU will not be subject to fees or quotas. Managing these changes and integrating new processes and systems will be a challenge, but the Deutsche Post DHL Group quickly adapts to another exceptional situation, as it happened with the Covid-19 pandemic.

In DHL Parcel we will continue to take your shipments to the individuals and companies located in the UK, through our products DHL Parcel Connect and DHL Parcel Europlus International. Please check out this page all you need to know about shipments you will take to the UK from December 22.

How to send to the UK after Brexit

  • It is a record required for all exporters/importers of goods outside the European Union. No Pois are retained by customs. Learn more here.

    • If you send to UK based companies and your annual sales exceeds 70,000GBP or you want to export via DDP, you must have a UK VAT number.
    • If you ship to private UK residents, the UK government has implemented a simplified customs process that allows you to deliver shipments whose total value is less than £135GBP or €150, without any fee or tax charged to the recipient. All taxes (called Supply VAT) generated in the shipment will be charged quarterly to the company that markets the product in our country. This is mandatory for your company to register on the following site and add the UK VAT number.

    You can request your UK VAT number here.

  • As of January 1st, only pallets handled in accordance with the ISPM15 procedure may be sent to the UK, so when delivering shipments already palletized, make sure they comply with this standard. The pallets and treated wood packages are marked with an identification label to certify that they comply with the required regulations.

  • Check that your products meet the "source standards" agreed in chapter 2 of the agreement to take advantage of "Zero msec"(zero rate). As stated in section 2 of chapter 2 of the agreement, the preferential treatment request will be based on the Statement of origin or the importer’s knowledge

    Important: It is the responsibility of merchants to accurately calculate and record the origin country of goods.

  • Customs declarations will be mandatory from January 1, 2021 for shipments between Britain and the European Union (and vice versa). Although the EU-U.K. Trade and Cooperation Agreement refers to “Zero statistic”, this does not replace the need to generate a customs declaration, requiring a commercial invoice or detailed proforma and in English.

    To make a shipment, you must provide the necessary customs information and documentation: provide the data regarding the description of the merchandise (content, declared value, currency and Incoterm) and include two commercial invoices in the packing detail * , in English, describing the products, your catalogue’s catalogue and the catalogue.

     * The packing list is a plastic window stuck on the outside of the pack, usually referred to as a bag of sickness.

    Intercompany Shipping (B2B)

    • Invoice type: commercial or non-commercial
    • Invoice Number
    • Sender, Receiver and Importer Details (if required)
    • EORI of the company in the home country
    • Export type: definitive, temporary, repair..
    • Export reason: sale, sample, return..
    • VAT number of importer and exporter
    • Nuestly
    • All products description: description, HS code, quantity of products, weight, value, country of origin
    • Net and Gross Weight of Shipment
    • Cost of transportation (this cannot be 0 GPD/€ and must match actual cost of transport)
    • Total value: sum of all products + cost of transport

    e-Commerce Shipments (B2C)

    • Invoice type: commercial or non-commercial
    • Invoice Number
    • Sender and Receiver Details
    • EORI of the company in the home country
    • Export Type: definitive
    • Export Reason: sale, sample, return..
    • UK VAT number of exporter
    • Nuisterm: DDP or DDU
    • All products description: description, HS code, quantity of products, weight, value, country of origin
    • Net and Gross Weight of Shipment
    • Transportation cost (this cannot be 0 GPD/€ and must match actual cost of transport)
    • Total value: sum of all products + cost of transport

Brexit Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, the U.K.-registered PABI (NZI GB) is no longer valid after its effective exit of the European Union. See the Tax Authority for more information.

  • Yes, the GOC I applies to imports and exports.

  • Incoterms (International Commercial Terms or INCOTERM / International Commercial Terms) are terms that reflect the parties’ acceptance rules in an international transaction contract. Incoterms define the responsibility between seller and buyer and clarify the costs of each party in commercial transactions outside the EU.

  • Ty Code is the code that you should associate with your product according to its badges, for which it is used or manufactured. The United Kingdom Appeals Codes can be consulted here.

  • Simplified Transaction Procedures can be applied to all UK ports, including those in Northern Ireland.

  • We remind you that for the submission of goods subject to excise taxes (alcohol, tobacco…) it is necessary to provide specific documentation that warrants that they have been paid in the country of origin. If you need more information, please contact us via this form.

  • The agreement favours trade between the two territories as trade between the UK and the EU will not be subject to fees or quotas. However, some new border controls will be made. Please refer to the documents of interest that we provide below to learn more.

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Documents of Interest


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