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Importing from EU to the UK

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Times have changed since Brexit and COVID hit the EU and UK hard. While Brexit means more paperwork, red tape, and customs obligations, COVID has increased imports and exports from the continent, and Barrington Freight is still reliably shipping daily across the channel.

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Importing from EU to the UK

Working with us still makes sending a breeze despite additional regulations, all of which we are happy to help you navigate. Our team is always on standby to ensure importing your goods into the UK from the EU is as straightforward and stress-free as possible and provide a professional service from your shipment.

We always suggest working with a freight company to ensure you understand and fulfil all obligations before sending so your shipment will sail through customs. You will avoid hidden pitfalls in the process that cause delays. Our list below will get you started importing from the EU quickly and easily.

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Customs Requirements: EU to the UK

The European Union requires the use of its own EU EORI when goods leave the country, and the UK version is necessary for the goods to enter the UK. These numbers have additional customs requirements for shipments, and failure to comply with these will mean the consignment will not pass the borders, officials will halt goods, delay delivery, or possibly they will be denied entry to the UK altogether. Visit: What is an EORI number to get started.

Additional paperwork is also needed to get goods to pass through customs, and these declarations are specific to the interests being shipped. The need to complete this documentation correctly cannot be overstated. It is vital that your goods clear customs, and not doing so will mean delayed shipments, accrual of fees, and a cut into your profit margin. Visit the UK government advisory page for further information.

REQUIREMENTS

Import Requirements

Declaration for Customs

Customs declarations must be precisely completed as mistakes will most certainly delay shipment and mean additional charges. You can complete your paperwork yourself, but hiring an expert is always preferable as their extensive experience will save time, energy and money, and they will get things right the first time. We have several experts in-house when you work with Barrington Freight for your consignment.

Duties and VAT

Duties and VAT to the UK from the EU are calculated as any country outside the trading bloc. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement has allowed some tariff-free items when manufactured in the sender country, so research whether your shipment and cargo qualify.

Licences and Certificates

Special licenses and certification are often required, particularly if your items are on a restricted list you may see goods stuck at the border.

We are friendly, easy to work with, honest and we do not charge the earth.

Importing from Europe to the UK may seem complicated post-Brexit, but working with our experienced team to oversee your shipment will guarantee a stress-free and professional experience every time. 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 sales@barringtonfreight.co.uk.

Kay Sherry
Kay Sherry
2024-04-23
Simon Pool from Barrington freight was very helpful and door to door service to S.Korea was excellent, pick up and delivery services on time. I highly recommend Barrington Freight for air cargo services. Thank you Simon and the team! Kay
Daniel Gardner
Daniel Gardner
2024-04-03
The team at Barrington where incredible at delivering our goods on-time despite the new Brexit regulations on goods being imported. We even didn't pay tax on the returning shipment coming back to German.
Drewit Studio
Drewit Studio
2024-03-25
Brilliant service. Extremely helpful, and they supported us all the way through the process of transporting goods to mainland Europe, which for anyone who hasn't done that before can seem quite daunting. Would definitely recommend using this company.
Jason Scott
Jason Scott
2024-03-22
Working with Barrington was brilliant. They really looked out for us, tackling our tough shipping/freight requirements keeping us informed at every stage of the process. Thank you
James Ayre
James Ayre
2024-03-21
kept up to date with all progress, i know they had a particularly troubling time with import customs messing up paperwork but sorted all that out for me. highly reccomend will use again
Peter Seal
Peter Seal
2024-03-08
Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
LOFT&VINTAGE Kft.
LOFT&VINTAGE Kft.
2024-03-02
We are very satisfied, we would like to thank the team for this with an awesome rating! They handled the delivery of a very sensitive, valuable, gigantic pallet for us at a fair price and without any problems. I mean, out of 4 companies, only they were able to undertake it. Nothing is damaged! We recommend the company to everyone :)
Sophie Benge
Sophie Benge
2024-02-06
Joshua at Barrington Freight is friendly and patient. Their service hassle-free and affordable compared to other freight forwarders.
Alex Burton
Alex Burton
2024-02-04
Fantastic service from Barrington Freight. It was our first time exporting goods from the UK and it was very reassuring to have them manage the shipment. The process was made easy and hassle free and Simon was always quick to respond to any queries. I would highly recommend.
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Barrington Freight Ltd,
Bowden House,
Luckyn Lane, Basildon,
Essex SS14 3AX
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