How will Brexit affect parcel deliveries to the EU?

After Britain officially left the EU earlier this year, lots of changes are set to happen once the transition period ends on the 31st December 2010. At the moment, whilst we are still transitioning out of the EU, everything very much remains the same. Which means a lot lies on the agreements made between the UK government and EU officials to determine what will happen when it comes to shipping parcels abroad. The good news is that whatever the outcome, Caribou will be delivering your parcels no matter what! We don’t let a little thing like Brexit stop us. 

If you’re an individual sending a parcel

The good news is that if you are sending something abroad as an individual, such as a gift, as long as it isn’t something that needs a license like animal goods, nothing will really change, as your courier will sort all of this out for you. So you can keep sending birthday presents and Christmas gifts globally, it just might be a little pricer. 

Importing and exporting goods from the UK

From the 1st January 2021, importing and exporting parcels from Britain will change. When you imported goods from the EU previously, they did not have to be declared to customs. After 1st January 2021, you will have to make customs declarations when you import goods from any EU country.

Some types of goods that you could previously import may now require a license or certificate. Many of these are things that require a license when importing from other areas of the world, such as plants, veterinary medicines and animal products. The same goes for exporting goods. Most declarations are arranged through the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. You can find out more about this here.

You will need an EORI number.

Moving goods to and from the EU from the UK will mean you need to get an EORI number. You need one of these if you will be making customs declarations. If you already have an EORI number but it doesn’t start with GB, then you will have to request a new one. To apply for an EORI number you will need to head over to the UK Gov website where each step is outlined clearly. 

Here is where it may get tricky. 

It’s important to be prepared, and one thing to be aware of is that any tax on imported and exported goods may change after January 2021. In order to not get stung by any tax changes, you can check the UK Gov website here. UK Trade Tariffs will also change, and you may see an increase in the price for tariffs after January 1st 2021. The UK Global Tariff is being introduced in place of the current common external tariff. 

Changes for E-Commerce businesses

For E-commerce businesses there will be a few changes, and one of them may be delays to parcels. We’ve already suffered delays due to Covid-19, so how different can it really be after we leave the transition period? To minimise delays in customs keep up to date with your commodity codes. Commodity codes are recognised by all countries so as long as you have the correct code and a clear description of the item being shipped then you should encounter no problems. 

For many businesses, Brexit will mean a change in the way we do things. As well farming, and tourism, businesses who deal with logistics are one of those who will be feeling a change. However, at Caribou we are excited for a new era and are making sure any disruption caused by Brexit will be minimal, so you can keep shipping your parcels safely. 

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