Exporting to Denmark from the UK

Denmark has one of the highest citizen happiness and quality of life indexes globally alongside a thriving economy for import and exports. Barrington Freight sends cargo transfers daily to the Danish capital and beyond, so exporting to Denmark with us has never been easier. Our fleet ensures your goods arrive fast, and with the experience of our team, we can make Danish exporting straightforward. To get you started on the basics required to export, we have compiled the helpful list below.

Customs from the UK to Denmark

As a European Union member, Denmark is in the EU trading bloc while the UK no longer is since Brexit, so requirements have changed. An EU and UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) is mandatory when shipping. Providing these numbers to customs is the only way to clear goods at the borders. If both EORI’s are not organised, customs officials will likely hold exported goods at the border, which means your shipment will face delays or, worst case, complete rejection into Denmark. For more, read: What is an EORI Number.  

More paperwork is required to ship goods post-Brexit, usually some customs declaration, depending on what goods you ship. Getting this documentation completed properly will be imperative to get your consignment cleared. Shipments that are delayed also accrue fees, adding to your total exporting costs and reducing profit margins. Visit the government advisory page if you would like more information.

VAT and Duties

When exporting from the UK to Denmark, duties are calculated as a “third country”, which is any nation outside the bloc. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement means specific items can be tariff-free if manufactured in the country they originated from. This needs to be proven in a declaration to customs. This same agreement applies to imports/exports to either country but do your research to see if your goods qualify. If they don’t, there will likely be additional duties to pay that will need to be considered. 


Shipping consignments can be uncomplicated if customs declarations are fully filled out and correct, but a single mistake can delay an entire shipment. To avoid your goods getting held at the border by customs with no doubt more duty charges, your paperwork must be correct. You can absolutely complete your own paperwork, but we would always say it’s most helpful to hire experts who can help you avoid unnecessary delays and pitfalls. 

Licences and Certificates

You will need special licenses and certification to get your goods across the borders and to its destination if the particular item is restricted. Research is vital to determine if you need anything additional for your shipment to avoid being held at the border.

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Importing goods to the UK from Denmark may seem complicated post-Brexit, but with an experienced team on your side, we can manage a stress-free experience for you. 

For more information about our services or if you have an unusual consignment request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].