Importing from Portugal to the UK

For many in the UK, Portugal is best known as an outstanding and close tourist destination. But beyond the rich Portuguese culture, stunning coastline, and fantastic food, it also has a strong import/ export relationship with the UK. Even with COVID and Brexit considerations, we ship daily to and from Portugal just as we have for many years, ensuring no break in service when you wish to import goods to the UK. Our premier services mean that we can deliver whatever you need from Portugal to the UK in a timely fashion. 

We understand the requirements and regulations you will face when importing from Portugal and can cut through the noise, streamline your import clearance customs processing and get your goods as fast as possible. Our experienced team will bespoke solutions designed for you and the load you are transporting to ensure your shipment glides smoothly through customs, whatever you want to ship to the UK. For more information to get started, see the list below.

Customs from Portugal to the UK 

Portugal, unlike the UK, is still a member of the EU trading bloc so the customs regulations have changed, and additional preparation is needed. Any imports will need an EU and UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) as each border uses a different one. The numbers are mandatory to process shipped consignments, and without them, customs will likely holding goods at the border. Delays will incur fees and may result in rejection of entry into the UK. For more information on the process, read: What is an EORI Number.  

On top of this, there is more paperwork to complete when shipping goods to the UK from Portugal, including declarations to clear goods at the borders, so it’s crucial to get it right. Visit the government advisory page to get started or speak to your trusted agent or freight forwarder for more advice. 

Duties and VAT

When importing from Portugal to the UK duties are calculated the same as any other nation outside the trading area. The recent EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement allows for goods to be sent tariff-free when made or originating from the sender country; however, ensure your goods qualify before relying on the scheme. If not, there will likely be fees when shipping. 

Declare Your Shipment

Shipping is a breeze… if you have completed your customs declaration correctly. A slight mistake can delay an entire consignment, and there will be more fees to pay. We would advise hiring an expert to avoid unnecessary delays. 

Licences and Certification

Certain restricted items will need licenses and certification – research your goods to see if any apply to your shipment. 

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Importing goods to the UK from Portugal may seem somewhat complicated after Brexit, but hiring an experienced freight forwarding team will ensure an effortless experience for your business and cargo. 

For more information about our Portugal to UK services or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our sales team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].