From 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) will have the status of a third country from the perspective of the European Union. This means that the movement of goods and thus the dispatch of parcels between the EU and the UK will be subject to customs supervision from this date. Customs formalities will therefore be required, but no customs duties will be levied on goods of EU origin.
Hence, from December 31, 2020 only shipments for which the shipper provides the full parcel and customs data will be processed.
Requirements for export to the UK at a glance
From January 2021:
EORI numberFor shipping to countries outside the EU, you require a so-called EORI number for your business (Economic Operators' Registration and Identification). You can apply for an EORI number from the German customs authorities.
Goods classification on the basis of customs tariff numbers (HS code numbers)Goods shipments to non-EU countries must be classified. For this, customs use goods or customs tariff numbers, so-called HS code numbers. This defines which goods are included in your shipment and how high the import duties and other import taxes are.
Documents required for customs
Your export to the UK is always in safe hands with GLS
GLS customers rely on existing, proven processes for smooth imports and exports, including of deliveries requiring customs clearance:
Further information and downloads
Information about parcel shipping to the UK in detail - including information about Incoterms, creation of parcel labels, customs data collection via the GLS customs portal, lead times to the UK, UKCA marking as well as helpful links - can be found in the following documents in our downloads section:
Brexit customer information
Brexit customer presentation
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