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Brexit checklist for Exporters & Importers

Brexit checklist for Exporters & Importers

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, as an importers and exporters of goods in both the North Sea and between the UK and France you need to be aware of the following:

Export procedures

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, we recommend the following steps in the preparation process for exports.

General preparations required

1) Register for an EORI

Register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) in the customs authorities’ website in your country.

2) Check if you need a license to export your goods

A comprehensive list of prohibited and restricted goods can be found on your country’s customs authorities’ website.

3) Establish the origin of the goods

Establishing the origin of the goods will help you to identify whether the goods qualify for lower or no customs duty under a tariff preference scheme.

For goods produced of materials from more than one country, there are several criteria to follow. More information regarding this matter will be established soon.

4) Find the commodity (HS classification) code for your goods

You will find guides for this on your country’s customs authorities’ website, which will also (in most cases) be able to inform you about possible duties.

Specific preparations for each consignment

5) You must complete a commercial invoice

The commercial invoice should contain the sales price of your goods in order to complete the customs documents. More information regarding this matter will be established soon.

6) Declaring your export to customs

The normal procedure is to use a customs broker or agent for this. DFDS has prepared to be able to offer you this service. Please contact your local DFDS office if you want us to assist you with this.

An export declarations per consignment must be pre-lodged with customs. The documentation for this has a Movement Reference Number (MRN) which the driver must have in order to be able to enter the port of departure.

7) Relevant documents must be provided for your consignment

The relevant documents may be:

  • Commercial invoices
  • Certificates of origin
  • Licenses and certificates (such as for food and plants)
  • The Export or Transit Accompanying Document (EAD) issued by customs

8) The goods must be ‘presented’ to customs

Notification of the arrival of goods at the required location for customs control is referred to as ‘presentation of the goods to customs’.

Customs will examine the ‘arrival message’ and determine whether the goods have permission to progress or need examination etc.

9) Finalise the export entry on the national customs system

Once the means of transport upon which the goods were loaded has physically left the exporting territory, a departure message must be submitted to customs by the ferry operator.

Import Procedures

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, we recommend the following steps in the preparation process for imports.

General preparations required

1) Register for an EORI

Register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) in the customs authorities’ website in your country.

2) Find out the commodity (HS classification) code to classify your goods for the import declaration

Classifying codes can be found on your country’s customs authorities’ website. The codes will tell you the amount of duty you pay and whether you need an import or export license for the goods.

3) Establish the origin of the goods

Establishing the origin of the goods will help you to identify whether the goods qualify for lower or no customs duty under a tariff preference scheme. For goods produced from materials from more than one country, there are several criteria to follow. More information regarding this matter will be established soon.

4) Check for import restrictions or additional requirements

On your local customs website there will be a guide on import restrictions, need for additional requirements or import licenses.

Specific preparations for each consignment

5) Determine the value of your goods

The value of the goods is necessary to determine the customs duty applicable. You arrive at the value of the goods by using one of six ways or ‘methods’.

7) Declaring your import to customs

The normal procedure is to use a customs broker or agent for this. DFDS has prepared to be able to offer you this service. Please contact your local DFDS office if you want us to assist you with this.

8) Duty and VAT

Possible import duty and VAT depend on the classification of the goods and where they come from. Some goods benefit from a duty suspension regime. Information on this can be found on your country’s customs web

THERE MAY BE VARIATIONS BETWEEN COUNTRIES: PLEASE VISIT YOUR COUNTRY’S CUSTOMS WEBSITE.