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UK Border Control

2021 UK border requirements

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

Cargo moving between the UK and the EU 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 are affected. The UK’s new status in Europe requires more paperwork for vendors doing business in and through the UK. All importers and exporters need be aware of these new rules and regulations.

Import and export declarations are now 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 changed when the UK left the EU on December 31, 2020? What's done to avoid congestion and slow check-in at ports? Do unaccompanied trailers require a Security & Safety declaration?

Read the detailed answers to all your questions on 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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Leave customs to us

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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Quote, book and track online with DFDS Direct

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.