Shipping goods to the EU from the UK after Brexit
People can still send packages from the UK to the EU, or move any goods from the EU to the UK after Brexit, but customs charges will apply from 1st of January. Choose the right transportation service when shipping to Europe after the Brexit transition is over and read all about the new regulations in force below.
Exporting goods to Europe after Brexit: 2021 rules and regulations
New rules and regulations apply when exporting goods from the UK to Europe after the Brexit decision is enforced and the UK officially leaves the EU.
The most significant change that people will notice when shipping to and from the UK is the price variation. Meaning, if you have been paying a certain price for specific services or goods from EU or UK online stores, now the price may be higher. Besides the usual price and shipping costs, you may have to pay the imposed country VAT charges, the import/export and customs duties, if applicable.
The custom tariffs, or any other procedures, when exporting from the UK to any EU country, after Brexit, will depend on the country of import. Each member country of the EU has specific and different rules on trade that the UK must follow when exporting goods to Europe after Brexit.
Customs and tariffs for importing goods from the EU to the UK after Brexit
There will be import duties when shipping from the EU to the UK once the Brexit decision is enforced, after 1st of January 2021. The Brexit agreement meant not only going out of the EU but also that all the benefits coming along with it will no longer be applicable. Before Brexit, the UK had free movement of goods between EU countries, meaning that no duties applied when shipping goods from the EU to the UK or the other way around. Currently, Great Britain is still communicating about all the formalities and charges with the EU countries.
It is important to note that due to the pandemics, full border checks in Great Britain will not yet be fully enforced until after the 1st of July 2021. The only exception to this will be the import of tobacco and alcohol, or deemed traders at risk.
Imported goods from the EU to the UK after Brexit will be subject to charges and undergo tax payment, customs and procedures. The VAT payment will depend on the total value of the good one is importing to GB plus the shipping costs. In most cases, the importer pays for the VAT. VAT will apply to the following:
- Purchased goods entering the country whose declared value exceeds £15.
- Imported gifts to the UK whose declared value exceeds £39.
- Alcohol, tobacco and perfumes, regardless of their value.
Customs duties will not apply to goods entering the UK from any other country whose value is under £135. If the declared value of the customs allowance after Brexit for the goods exceeds this amount, in most cases the receiver will have to pay the duties requested by the customs officers. Customs duties for imported goods from the EU to the UK after Brexit may also apply depending on the country of product origin.
The customs allowance after Brexit and duties will also apply to gifts, whose value is exceeding £135.
- If the gifts you are importing from the EU to the UK after Brexit are ranging from £135-£630 you will pay around 2.5%. Bear in mind that there are some exceptions to this percentage, and you should contact the authorities to ask for the specific product.
- If the goods are exceeding £630, you will have to pay customs duties according to the product, and the country of product origin. You should contact the authorities to provide you with further information on the specific product you are importing.
Please bear in mind that UK businesses need an EORI number after Brexit from any EU country for imports and exports.
Transport services to use when shipping to Europe from GB after Brexit
Brexit brought major changes in the transportation industry, and how people send parcels abroad. Use Eurosender services and the expertise from our logistics specialists to benefit from seamless experience when exporting goods to Europe after Brexit. Receive customs clearance support for any customs formalities from our well-established processes.
You can use the Express shipping service through Eurosender for shipping to/from Europe after Brexit. As a shipper, you must fill out the proforma, and any other additional documentation that may be requested. The delivery times are within 48h-72h from the moment of collection. The customer will receive the goods directly to their front door.
You can ship a larger volume of goods if you can provide import/export customs clearance documents. You can export goods to Europe after Brexit either by booking a pallet, a van delivery or shared and full truck transport. A logistics expert from Eurosender will be dealing closely with your case and will offer you any support throughout the process, together with our trusted freight brokerage partners.
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