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2021 UK border requirements

The UK has left the EU. The transition period will end December 31, 2020.

After this date, cargo moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control. If your company is involved with the trading or movement of goods between the UK and EU countries or vice versa, you will be affected.

Everyone should now prepare for the fact that the UK’s new status in Europe will require more paperwork for vendors doing business in and through the UK. All importers and exporters need be prepared for the new rules and regulations, no later than December 31, 2020.

This means that import and export declarations will be required for all goods. Most declarations are a combined customs and safety and security declaration. However, where a combined declaration is not used an export safety and security declaration will need to be made.

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Q&A: Your top Brexit questions answered

What will change after December 31, 2020? What will be done to avoid congestion and slow check-in at ports? Will unaccompanied trailers require a Security & Safety declaration?

Read the detailed answers to all your top questions on what happens after Brexit and how to best prepare your business for UK border control.

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Useful links

Customs tariffs, INCOTERMS, VAT rules in the EU and the UK, EORI number, HS Classification – this and much more might be valuable for you to know about.

Find it all on our Useful Links page including relevant UK and EU government websites.

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You don’t have to be a customs specialist yourself – leave it to us. Get in touch and let us handle your customs declarations in your own language and in due time.

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Need help?

You will need to ensure that you are up to date with the latest rules and understand what to do or change in your current operation and supply chain – and what this means for risk and cost. If you do not know who your contact is, please get in touch with your nearest DFDS office.

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Our logistics platform enables you to book international transports in and out of UK, as well as upload and download relevant transport documents like CMR and customs clearance documents.

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