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

Check the Regulations of Your Destination Country

You’ll 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 don’t have one organised, you might face delays and increased costs when exporting goods. For more information, visit the government advisory page.

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 certificate 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 don’t 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 [email protected].

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