As of the 1st January, Britain has now left the European Union, and there have been some changes implemented to deliveries going to and from the EU.
Firstly, we want to inform all our customers that there will be some delays for all EU shipments during this Brexit transition period. Deliveries to the 26 EEC countries are experiencing delays of around 24/48 hours as the new systems bed-in, and new customs requirements satisfied. We anticipate that these delays will reduce over the coming months.
It will also be necessary to adjust our pricing on international shipments. Our agents have implemented annual price rises, along with, in some cases, Covid and Brexit surcharges, which we need to reflect in our pricing. We will confirm all the rates for international shipments in the coming weeks.
Following these simple tasks will help when sending goods to EU countries.
- Make sure you have obtained an EORI (Economic Operator Registration & Identification Number) in advance. This can be, done on the EORI information page on GOV.UK.
- Become familiar with commercial invoices which will need to be sent with every shipment of goods to the EU. These are the same as those currently sent with shipments to countries outside the EU. We will submit the detail electronically for you, which is mandatory.
- Prepare to classify the goods you are sending with an 8- digit tariff commodity code, which relates to the goods you are sending. This again is available on the GOV.UK site.
- Provide us with your VAT number, which will need to be included on all documentation sent with your goods
Having the above in place will ensure your shipments can be sent to EU countries, avoiding unnecessary delays.