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Exporting Goods From The UK

Cost-effective exports from the UK and across the Globe

Depending on the destination country, export regulations from the UK have changed since January 1st 2021.

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Exporting from the UK to the EU

With Brexit in the rearview mirror and a trade deal yet to be agreed with the European Union (although agreed in principle), we are yet to know what it all means for exports and the freight business, but hopefully, there will be an announcement soon.  Until that agreement is reached, exports from the UK to the EU will be treated like international exports and incur customs paperwork, tariffs, and duties. Each destination country will follow unique regulations to consider, so it is essential to know what these are before sending your consignment of goods.

Below is a list of considerations to get you started on ensuring you know what to expect when exporting your goods from the UK. To make this process easy and stress-free, we recommend using a freight forwarding company such as Barrington Freight to handle the entire shipment for you. With our years of experience, we have the expertise to get your goods where they need to go while avoiding the common and not-so-common pitfalls that get goods stuck at borders, costing time, money, and business, which we will help you avoid.

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Check the Regulations of Your Destination Country

You will need to know what your product is made of and any restrictions for your destination country to get the correct information about exporting it. Use the handy government tool here for more details on your destination country.

Get an EORI Number

You need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for the UK side, and you may need one from your destination country. If you do not have one organised, you might face delays and increased costs when exporting goods. For more information, visit the government advisory page.


Export Requirements

Decide Who Will Make the Export Declaration

You can either hire an agent for your import declarations or do it yourself. Your agent must be established in the UK as the goods country of origin. If you are seeking an agent for your customs documents, we can help.

Check Tax and Duty Rates

You will have to pay customs duties and VAT on your export based on where the goods are going. Tariffs will either be preferential or non-preferential depending on whether the destination has a trade agreement with the UK or not.

Get the Correct Licence for Your Goods

Find out if there are any special licenses or certificates you will need depending on the goods you export. Check on the government site here.

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Post-Brexit exports may seem like a daunting proposition, but they do not need to be with a bit of preparation and expertise on your side. Knowing the correct procedures is half the battle but if you are unsure or would like support, use a reputable agent or freight forwarder to ensure there are no hitches, guaranteeing a stress-free shipment. For more information about our services or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email

Kay Sherry
Kay Sherry
Simon Pool from Barrington freight was very helpful and door to door service to S.Korea was excellent, pick up and delivery services on time. I highly recommend Barrington Freight for air cargo services. Thank you Simon and the team! Kay
Daniel Gardner
Daniel Gardner
The team at Barrington where incredible at delivering our goods on-time despite the new Brexit regulations on goods being imported. We even didn't pay tax on the returning shipment coming back to German.
Drewit Studio
Drewit Studio
Brilliant service. Extremely helpful, and they supported us all the way through the process of transporting goods to mainland Europe, which for anyone who hasn't done that before can seem quite daunting. Would definitely recommend using this company.
Jason Scott
Jason Scott
Working with Barrington was brilliant. They really looked out for us, tackling our tough shipping/freight requirements keeping us informed at every stage of the process. Thank you
James Ayre
James Ayre
kept up to date with all progress, i know they had a particularly troubling time with import customs messing up paperwork but sorted all that out for me. highly reccomend will use again
Peter Seal
Peter Seal
Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
We are very satisfied, we would like to thank the team for this with an awesome rating! They handled the delivery of a very sensitive, valuable, gigantic pallet for us at a fair price and without any problems. I mean, out of 4 companies, only they were able to undertake it. Nothing is damaged! We recommend the company to everyone :)
Sophie Benge
Sophie Benge
Joshua at Barrington Freight is friendly and patient. Their service hassle-free and affordable compared to other freight forwarders.
Alex Burton
Alex Burton
Fantastic service from Barrington Freight. It was our first time exporting goods from the UK and it was very reassuring to have them manage the shipment. The process was made easy and hassle free and Simon was always quick to respond to any queries. I would highly recommend.
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Barrington Freight Ltd,
Bowden House,
Luckyn Lane, Basildon,
Essex SS14 3AX