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Importing from Germany

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If you are searching for freight forwarding for your business or commercial freight from Germany to the UK, Barrington Freight can help.

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Importing from Germany to the UK

We have decades of experience, so even amidst times of uncertainty like during COVID and Brexit, we are the best choice for German to UK business shipping. German imports are a huge market for the UK, so it is vital to be up to date about rule changes. Imports now require more paperwork, tariffs, and duties payable. To streamline the process, we recommend working with a reputable freight forwarding company to handle your shipment to stop cargo from being stuck at the border, costing both time and money. Take a look at the list below to get you started importing from Germany.

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Customs from Germany to the UK

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union like Germany, you will need an EU and UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) to ship goods. The numbers are used by customs officials to track and trace consignments, leading to faster processing times. They are mandatory, so failure to provide both will mean goods are delayed in delivery. For information, see: What is an EORI Number.

Further paperwork depends on the type of goods being shipped, and your shipment will face delays and fees if you present incorrect or incomplete paperwork. For more details visit the government advisory page.


Import Requirements

VAT and Duties

Duties and VAT are calculated from any “third country” – a nation outside the EU. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement allows for cargo to be tariff-free if manufactured in Germany and sent to the UK. Be sure to find out if this covers your goods or not and any specific duties your load may incur.

Decide on Your Export Declaration Agent

Getting your customs declaration completed correctly is vital to avoid delays for the shipment which will incur fees that will need to be paid before customs release the load for delivery. These forms can be completed by you or someone in your business, but ensure you have done your research on the requirements first to ensure there is nothing missed. However, we would recommend hiring an expert with a broad overview of conditions so there are no unnecessary delays.

Special Licences and Certificates

Your cargo may need special licenses or certification to transit from Germany to the UK depending on what you are shipping and if the goods are under any restrictions. Be sure any particular documents are applied for and before shipping, as failure to do so will cause delays and issues at the border.

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

For more information about our services from Germany to the UK, or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email

Kay Sherry
Kay Sherry
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
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
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
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
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
Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
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
Joshua at Barrington Freight is friendly and patient. Their service hassle-free and affordable compared to other freight forwarders.
Alex Burton
Alex Burton
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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