Importing from Austria to the UK

Barrington Freight can help you import from Austria, making the transit of goods quick and straightforward to your delivery address in the UK. With many years of experience shipping between the EU and the UK, we are importing experts that can take the headache out of cross-channel transit even with the new and substantial post-Brexit customs requirements. However, as Austria is still a member of the Eurozone, they follow the importing and exporting rules for the EU. At the same time, the UK now has its own, including new declarations and tariffs, so your business must be informed about customs obligations. Doing this will put your cargo ahead and ensure easy transit and on-time delivery. 

Road freight is still the quickest and easiest way to transport a consignment from Austria to the UK. Our extensive fleet of vehicles can get your goods to their destination fast and efficiently with a quick Eurotunnel or ferry journey in between. 

Customs Requirements from Austria

While Austria remains an EU country, as we know, the UK isn’t anymore, so imports from Austria to the UK are now classified as being from a “third country”. This has added significantly to the red tape and customs declarations required for various goods and products. It’s so important now to know what those requirements are for your specific cargo, so speak to your customs agent and freight forwarder, along with doing your in-depth research. One such that has been around for a while is an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number). Instead of a single number now, you must have two – one for the UK and another for the EU. These will be needed at each border, and failing to have this in place will cause delays. Take a look at our blog What is an EORI Number if you are unsure what this is. As always, this process and understanding legislation is easier with an experienced custom agent and freight forwarder on your team.

VAT and Duty Fees

There are more duties to pay when you are shipping from Austria to the UK post-Brexit. The goods determine the rates of these you plan to import from a “third country”. One caveat may be applicable depending on your goods as there is now an EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in place. This means that goods produced in Austria and imported to the UK may be tariff-free if it can be proven they were made within the country. However, the business or individual exporting must sign a declaration to confirm the fact. It’s best to speak to your customs agent or freight forwarder to fully understand what duties and tariffs will be payable on your goods. 

Transit Times from Austria

Transit times from Austria take on average 5 -6 days for groupage, 2-3 days for a full load, and 1-2 days for express. 

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Barrington Freight has comprehensive experience importing to the UK from Austria. Alongside our variety of service options, we will help you navigate the complexities of the new customs rules and reduce transit times. For more information about our services, or if you have a unique shipment request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].

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