Sending Parcels to Europe After Brexit | International Shipping

Brexit parcel delivery to Europe from the UK

Sending parcels to Europe after Brexit may seem complicated now that the transition period is over. But with the right logistics company by your side, both businesses and individuals can continue shipping parcels and packages, knowing their goods are in good hands. We offer simple logistics solutions for both companies and individuals shipping packages to Europe. Minimise the impact of Brexit on your shipping processes and benefit from affordable parcel delivery solutions to Europe and the UK.

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Sending parcels to Europe from the UK after Brexit

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Sending gifts and parcels from the UK to Europe after Brexit: VAT and duties

As the United Kingdom leaves the EU customs territory, new rules apply regarding import/export fees when shipping to Europe after Brexit. When shipping gifts, non-commercial packages or envelopes between UK and EU, VAT and duties may apply as follows:

VAT on gifts sent from UK to Europe

Gifts sent to Europe are exempt of VAT as long as:

  • they are not worth more than €45;
  • they are sent occasionally from one individual to another;
  • they are for personal use/consumption only.
Tobacco products, alcohol and other excise goods are not included in this exemption.
Duties on parcels sent from the UK to Europe

Non-commercial parcels sent from the UK to Europe must pay duties if:

  • their value exceeds €150;
  • the package contains excise goods such as alcohol or tobacco (see exceptions under FAQ).

All commercial goods will be subject to VAT from the 1st of July.

Shipments marked as documents are not subject to customs duties or VAT. However, only paper documents, personal Ids and other non-commercial papers can be sent under this exception.


Brexit parcel delivery for companies

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Things to keep in mind when sending parcels to Europe after Brexit

  • Before sending goods to Europe from the UK after Brexit, bear in mind that you must thoroughly fill out the necessary customs documentation for clearance purposes.
  • You will receive the proforma invoice in the provided email after filling out the necessary fields during the ordering process.
  • Provide detailed information about the goods, such as what they are made from, their corresponding HS codes, their origin, their purpose, and their value.
  • You must comply with the regulations on prohibited and restricted items imposed by courier companies and countries before sending parcels to the EU after Brexit.
  • You have to leave the parcel open before the courier comes to collect the parcel so they can inspect the goods.
  • In some cases, the courier driver will call you upon collection.

Additional documentation required when shipping from Ireland to the UK

There will be some important updates from the 1st of January 2023 in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on how are the rules of origin determined for the goods you are shipping.

Some additional proof of origin documentation will have to be provided in order to benefit from the 0% duty rate when shipping from Ireland to the UK with DHL, TNT and UPS. Therefore, the statement of origin will no longer be enough, but you should provide some of the following:

  • Registered Exporter Systems (REX) Authorisation that can be granted by Irish Revenue. To be granted the REX number, certain criteria must be met. You can find additional information by following this link.
  • Certificate of Origin that can be obtained by a local Chamber of Commerce. You can find additional information by following this link.

Van delivery from EU to the UK after Brexit – Requirements

When booking van delivery on our platform, you need to provide us with the following information:

For individuals
  • Copy of ID;
  • Proof of residence, proving that you have resided in Europe (or country of origin) for a minimum period of 6 months;
  • Proof that you have a visa to reside in the UK (except for English citizens);
  • Detailed list of each item being transported: what the goods are, what they are made of, their origin, their purpose, HS code, and their value, etc;
  • You need to send us the ToR (Application for transfer of residence relief) number. You can use this guide for the ToR or find the frequently asked questions here.
For businesses

It is important to note that the packing list should contain information about the sender, receiver, the item description, the value of each unit and the total value. Additionally, it should be signed by the owner of the goods.


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FAQ when sending parcels to Europe after Brexit

Do I have to pay extra to send a parcel to the EU after Brexit?
If you have been arranging the shipping through our platform using the Standard shipping option, after December 31st 2020, you have to start using our global shipping options when sending parcels to the EU from the UK after Brexit or our personalised freight services for cargo shipments. The prices for international shipping options are usually higher than for the standard service, but the delivery time is much faster.
How does parcel shipping from the UK to the EU work after Brexit?
There will be significant changes after the transition period is over, making the impact of Brexit on shipping greater. Some courier companies will no longer be able to offer cheap parcel shipping post-Brexit as the UK is now considered a third country, meaning couriers will be offering global shipping services.
You will have to start filling out the required documentation for customs clearance purposes. You will have to fill out the CN22 or CN23, depending on the boxes’ value you are posting to the UK after Brexit. In some cases, you will have to pay the duties to receive the package. You can read all about customs procedures after Brexit on this page.
Now that the goods have to go through customs, the customs officers will be looking as well at the content of the package if it contains any prohibited or restricted items.
Will UPS, DHL, FedEx or other logistics companies impose surcharges?
DHL may impose some additional minimal surcharges as a result of customs handling after the Brexit transition is over.
UPS, FedEx and other logistics companies reserve the right to impose additional fees if needed now that the UK is no longer a part of the EU.
How will Brexit affect courier companies?
The Brexit impact on shipping may be seen with the delivery time and the higher shipping prices. Most of the courier companies sending parcels to and from Europe will continue even after Brexit transition is over. The process may seem a bit more complicated with customs clearance needed, and this is why companies needing logistics services should turn to Eurosender. Our logistics experts know how to handle such situations and provide a solution when shipping internationally.
How will Brexit affect the shipping industry?
Brexit should not impact the shipping industry significantly in the UK. Companies will have to comply with the regulations imposed by the EU, but due to its global nature, a negative impact is not expected. The companies must follow the EU shipping requirements, and Eurosender is the right choice for your transport needs. Apart from organising the transport to any location, our team of logistics experts will advise you on the customs procedures when sending parcels from the EU after Brexit.