Importing from France to the UK

Post-Brexit imported goods from France to the UK have changed and now incur additional paperwork, fees, and requirements to cross the borders. To create a smooth and easy clearance process that’s entirely stress-free, we recommend working with a freight company like Barrington Freight to handle the shipment. Our years of experience will stop your goods from getting stuck at the border by avoidable issues. Utilising our services will save you time, money, and your business reputation no matter what industry you are in – we can streamline delivery for you. Below is a list, so you know what to expect when importing to the UK from France.

Check the Regulations from France

It’s imperative to know if there are any restrictions on your products entering the UK that will see them being stopped or held up at the border now that there are more reasons to do so as a non-EU country. To find the correct information for your products, use this handy government tool here or for professional advice, speak to your freight forwarding company, or give us a call. 

Get Both EORI Numbers

You will require an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) for the UK and a separate one for the European Union. Your goods can’t cross the borders without these being organised, and you will face delays and fees with the goods still not being able to clear customs. For more information, visit the government advisory page

Additional paperwork is also a new requirement, and declarations must be made depending on what goods are being shipped. Completing this documentation correctly is vital – this cannot be overstated. Delayed shipments waste time and cost money.


The UK and France currently have a double taxation agreement, so you cannot be taxed twice on the same income. If a company is UK registered for VAT, it is possible to zero-rate goods if conditions are met. We recommend researching this or having an agent take care of it. VAT is known as Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée (TVA) in France at a standard 20% rate.

Decide Who Will Make the Export Declaration

Either hire an agent for your import declarations or DIY, but you must educate yourself on the requirements, either way, to ensure there are no or minimal delays. We can help if you need an agent for your customs documentation and can complete everything required to get your goods cleared quickly while we also help you ship your freight. 

Licences and Certificates

Special licenses and certification are often needed to get your goods over the borders. They are particularly relevant if your items are on a restricted list in the UK from France. 

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Importing from France 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.

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