Importing from Bulgaria to the UK

Bulgaria is a top ten UK trading partner even though it may not be the first country you may think of when importing, but this Balkan nation is a trading centre hub of exporting and activity. It helps that English is a popularly spoken language as large British companies have invested locally plus with exceptional transportation routes via air, road, rail, and sea, and it’s obvious why Bulgaria is a gateway trading place for Central and Eastern Europe.

Even in the post-Brexit times, Bulgaria is an easy country to import from. Low operating costs and cheaper imports made locally are all reasons why imports are popular. Bulgaria also has excellent transport links for road freight, with consignments enjoying quick transit. In addition, well-established railways from Germany mean part road/ rail transit options are available, and with the main ports of Varna and Burgas on the Black Sea for sea freight, there are many options to choose from. Bulgaria also has good air links with the UK for air freight. 

Customs Clearance

Although there are more hoops to jump as Bulgaria is an EU country and the UK is not anymore, with a bit of planning and support from experienced freight forwarders or a customs agent, your shipment can be a breeze. Commodities imported from Bulgaria include Oil, Sunflower seeds, grains, auto components, clothing and footwear. Barrington Freight can safely and quickly transport these and more to the UK from Bulgaria.

Brexit has increased customs paperwork obligations, so declarations and clearance paperwork is now needed for more commodities. We can’t stress enough how important it is to research your goods and speak to a customs agent and freight forwarding to get up to date advice. Understanding customs law is easier with an experienced team, so call us to discuss how we can help streamline your shipping processes for you. You will need an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for both the EU and the UK so see our blog What is an EORI Number to get started. 

VAT and Duty Fees

Post-Brexit, there are more duties to pay from EU countries, and what goods you are shipping determines the rate. One caveat is the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which allows goods made in Bulgaria to be tariff-free into the UK with an official declaration. We always advise taking professional guidance on this. 

Transit Times for Bulgaria

Transit times depend on several factors, including customs checks, licences and paperwork. As long as these obligations are fulfilled, our delivery service regularly takes 7-9 days for groupage, 3-4 days for a full load and express delivery. 

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Barrington Freight are experts at exporting to Bulgaria from the UK. With our variety of service options plus in-house customs experts, we will help you navigate the complexities of customs rules while lessening transit times. For more information, advice, or if you have a unique shipment request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected]