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Customs information regarding Brexit

The United Kingdom (UK) is expected to exit the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020. The expected departure from the customs union entails major changes to parcel transport and logistics flows to and from the UK.

At present, it is unclear whether a deal will exist between the United Kingdom and the EU when what is known as "Brexit" becomes a reality. PostNord is working to ensure the smoothest possible transition for our customers in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, whatever the outcome of the ongoing negotiations. For example, PostNord is working with the Royal Mail and DPD, and bringing in extra staff to handle customs procedures at Arlanda, as well as in Malmö, Örebro, Copenhagen and Kolding.

If negotiations result in a "soft Brexit" – i.e. an exit with a firm exit agreement in place – agreed transition provisions will apply to trade between the EU and the United Kingdom. In this case, trade would continue under the present terms and conditions during a transition period that would run until December 31, 2020.

If no exit agreement is signed, the result would be what is termed a “hard Brexit”, which would have an impact from the perspectives of both customs duties and VAT. In that case, the processing of goods and trade between the EU and the United Kingdom would entail amended routines and new duties. It may be necessary to provide advance notice of some goods, different types of customs requirements – for active and passive processing, for example – may be required, and other regulations concerning security and protection may be applied to exports. Import and export customs declarations would be required from the dispatching party. Incomplete customs clearance may lead to waiting time at the borders.

Customs information to allow correct third country export, which is new as of March 29 this year, includes confirmation of origin, value, weight, tariff code, description of goods, Danish Central Business Register (CVR) number, and Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

Read about preparations at the website of the Swedish Customs Agency.

If you have any questions about PostNord’s processes and customs procedures in the context of Brexit, please contact our customer service via phone 0771–33 33 10 or email.