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EXPORT TO THE UK

Since January 2021, to export parcels from the EU to the UK

  • Detailed data are required

  • Customs declarations are required for each parcel

  • The goods sent are subject to VAT (and duties when applicable)

  • Inspections may take place on some goods imported or exported

  • Rates change as a result of customs handling

  • Transit times may increase because of linehaul changes and potentially customs checks

Since January 2021, to export parcels from the EU to the UK

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  • Detailed data are required

  • Customs declarations are required for each parcel

  • The goods sent are subject to VAT (and duties when applicable)

  • Inspections may take place on some goods imported or exported

  • Rates change as a result of customs handling

  • Transit times may increase because of linehaul changes and potentially customs checks

B2C Goods to the UK

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B2C Goods to the UK

As of 1 January 2021, for the B2C goods with a value below 135£ that are shipped to the UK, the UK supply VAT applies and has to be paid by the shipper.

4 necessary steps for businesses

EORI Number

EORI stands for Economic Operator Registration and Identification number. For any scenario, this number is mandatory for exporting and importing goods to/from the UK.
Apply for an EORI number if you do not already ship goods outside the EU. The registration for the EORI can be done via the website of local customs authorities. It can take up to 3 days to get this EORI number.

EORI Number = Country code + unique national number
Example of EORI number for a Polish exporter (country code PL) whose unique national number is 1234567890ABCDE → PL1234567890ABCDE

Commodities (HS code)

The HS codes are also known as Commodity Codes. These codes allow customs to identify the type of product, the VAT or duty rate that applies to the product to be exported. Goods cannot be exported or imported without these HS codes.

The HS codes can be found on this website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs

1 to 6 are worldwide identical (except some countries)
7 to 10 : details of the commodities
11 to 14 : additional code at import impacted the duty code

Data

For shipments done either via API (Application Programming Interface), an integrated system or EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), there will be necessary IT updates to be done in preparation for Brexit to ensure that data such as descriptions, values or HS codes are included and on DPD format.
Potentially, if data is not complete and/or incorrect, parcels will not leave the sending country.

Commercial invoice

A commercial or pro forma invoice is needed when you ship goods outside the EU.

  • A commercial invoice is used when the goods are related to a commercial transaction or for resale

  • A pro forma invoice is used when sending goods without any commercial value (for example samples)

Both documents are a declaration including all information related to goods, that will be used by customs authorities in order to evaluate the duties or taxes to pay.