Brexit: Important points for transport to and from the UK!



Brexit may bring a few changes within your organisation too. Transuniverse Forwarding and its partners can support you with administrative preparations for the formalities that must be fulfilled to limit the impact of Brexit on your business.

Export and import to and from the United Kingdom

To have an export or import declaration drawn up, we need a commercial invoice for the consignment. This should include the following information:

EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number) can be requested via a link, by clicking on EORI number.


Incoterms determine the buyer’s or seller’s responsibility in terms of costs and liabilities during delivery. These are used to establish who is responsible for the customs clearance and even for the duties and taxes. In general, the Incoterms DAP (Delivered at Place) and DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) are used. With DAP the importer has responsibility for the import duty and liabilities. With DDP that is the exporter’s responsibility, and the EU seller must also pay the English import duties and English VAT in the UK. The exporter therefore needs a GB EORI number and a British VAT number.

– Origin of the Goods

This refers to the country where the goods were produced. This can affect the customs duties that must be paid when importing to the UK or BE.

– Goods code/HS code

A goods code or HS code is a ten-digit code used to classify products. This classification is used worldwide. The first six digits are the same worldwide. The subdivisions can differ nationally. With the goods code, customs knows what products the shipment contains and how much import duty or other import taxes must be levied on the product. This can also affect the customs duties that must be paid when importing to the UK. See the applicable tariffs from 2021 here (caution is advised, because adjustments may be made as talks take a more definitive turn).

– Number of packages, -type and -code

– Gross and net weight

It is important to indicate both the gross weight and the net weight.

– Commercial value of the goods and currency

This is the sale value of your client’s goods. Depending on the sales conditions, we may also need the freight costs or export insurance.

Import to the United Kingdom

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU with a no-deal scenario, not only will an export declaration have to be made, the goods will also have to be declared for import into the UK.

– Simplified UK import declaration

In the event of a no-deal, the UK has introduced a simplified declaration procedure, the Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). With the TSP, the importer registers the import shipment providing minimal data. Afterwards, the additional data must be provided for the customs declaration and any import duty and VAT can be paid. The importers in the UK have been informed of this by the British government and encouraged to register for this. Once your receiver (UK importer) has registered for this, as the shipper, we will need their TSP-approved UK-EORI number.

For transport to the United Kingdom, the following details are required:

  • TSP approval number + your British importer’s TSP-approved British EORI number
  • The commercial invoiceIn all other cases a pre-lodge declaration will first need to be made in the United Kingdom, to transport your shipment to the UK. In these cases, we will inform our agent and he/she will make contact with the receiver (UK importer) for the pre-lodge declaration.
  • For transport to the United Kingdom, in this case, we need:
  • – Other cases
  • The MRN number of the import declaration in the UK, if the declaration is made by the addressee
  • The commercial invoice
  • A few other important points for planning your transport
  • How are you organised for processing the customs documents?
  • Do you have customs authorisations? If you do, send us the information through by email.
  • Are your goods included in the dual use goods list?
  • Are the goods you wish to sell subject to specific regulations? For example, excisable goods, foodstuffs, veterinary goods, pharmaceutical goods, phytosanitary goods, etc.?
  • Do you use the reverse charge on VAT? Very easy to request via this link.
  • Have you contacted your customers and suppliers in the UK? When booking transport, please confirm the customer’s or supplier’s EORI number and the customer’s or supplier’s contact details to facilitate communication.
  • Are there any other special details we should be aware of?For further questions or information, contact us on the e-mail address: we also advise you to look at the following links.
  • For a detailed account of the transport and documentation costs, please speak to your contact person in our organisation. You will receive an appropriate and competitive price for this service tailored to you.


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