When thinking of Croatia, the first thing that springs to mind is long sandy beaches, green and luscious parks, great food and wine, and glorious history. It’s also a hub for exporting as Croatia has a strong economy and innovative companies across many sectors that make excellent partners for businesses importing to the UK from the Balkan nation.
English is now the favoured trading language, making it even easier for British companies to work with. Additionally, the country is a gateway to trading and importing from other Central and Eastern European countries. A market that offers excellent potential for British businesses. In addition, shipping is open and easy across the continent to the UK, and with a longstanding trading relationship, it makes sense to import from Croatia. Speaking of solid exports from Croatia, the list includes machinery and equipment, textiles, computers, oil, chemicals, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and fuels.
Importing from Croatia to the UK has more regulations post-Brexit, so work with your freight forwarders and a customs agent if you are unsure about what is required for your goods. Your freight can be sent simply and easily with the correct advice. Brexit has also increased customs paperwork as the UK is now a “third country”, so obligations, declarations, and paperwork are more extensive than before. One requirement is still an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for both the EU and the UK – more information is available on our blog What is an EORI Number. Specific regulations are also set for EU packaging standards, so speak to your freight forwarding and customs team for more information.
Like the UK, goods sent to non-EU countries must be classified and with customs tariff numbers, which define the goods included in your shipment and are used to calculate import duties and taxes. Duties will be payable unless the goods are manufactured in Croatia, and an exemption can be granted under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
If your business is UK VAT registered, it’s possible to zero-rate goods from Croatia. However, duties are ultimately defined by the goods sent, so investigate and get advice from your customs agent and freight forwarder before getting your cargo on its way to delivery in the UK.
Freight forwarding and transit times from Croatia vary but average within 8-10 days for groupage, 3-4 days for a full load, and 2-3 days for express delivery. Precise timings will always depend on customs clearance, delivery location, and meeting all other obligations. Talk to our team if you need your goods to arrive faster and discover how we can get your goods delivered on time.