Shipping Pallets to the EU post Brexit

How has Pallet Shipping to the EU Changed Since 1st Jan 2021? 

As Great Britain has now officially left the European Customs Union, many shipments to Europe will require Customs Approval before reaching the delivery point. 

For each shipment, additional paperwork is mandatory for Customs procedures. 

Duties and Taxes are also likely with goods imported into GB or the EU. 

However, it remains unclear whether there will be a Free Trade Agreement or if the trade will be on World Trade Organisation Terms as yet; We will provide more details once this is confirmed.

At PalletOnline, we want to help ease the process of sending a pallet to the EU after Brexit; Please read the following information carefully. 

Customs Procedures and EU Trade Requirements 

The vast majority of shipments from the UK heading into the EU are now subject to Customs approval before they can move forward.

For your goods to pass through Customs with no issues, you must provide all the correct documents and paperwork. 

If you don't provide the correct details, your shipment will face delays.


Exporter Preparation Advice

As an exporter, you will need to provide additional documents and paperwork for your goods to reach their European destination with no issues. 

Before booking your Europe pallet delivery with PalletOnline, please make sure you have the following documents at hand: 

  • Commercial invoice - if your commercial invoice doesn’t already mention packing details, you must make sure a packing list is made available. It should include;
    • The sellers’, consignees’, and the buyers’ full name, address, and contact details
    • Number of and type of packages
    • Dimensions of each package (in centimetres)
    • Net weight and the gross weight for each package (in kilograms)
    • Quantity of products inside each package
    • Sales or purchase order number
    • Please note that ‘each package’ refers to boxed items, i.e. 1 package is 1 box, etc. 
  • EORI number - you must have a valid EORI number and be VAT registered. If not, you will not be allowed to ship goods into Europe. 
  • Incoterms - you must submit the correct incoterms on your commercial invoice. These will help avoid confusion about responsibilities and cost management between the buyer and the seller. 
  • Commodity codes - you must submit the correct commodity codes as these will determine the customs authority duties and other charges that apply to the goods. 

A commercial invoice is mandatory for ALL shipments heading out of Great Britain. 

Northern Ireland Protocol Explained

Northern Ireland has remained in the EU’s single goods market, so the process of shipping goods to NI has changed only very slightly. 

When booking a Northern Ireland pallet delivery with us, you DO NOT need to complete any Customs paperwork. We will process this for you. 

However, you will need to make declarations and pay any tariffs due when sending goods to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. 

Regarding the changes to Northern Ireland pallet shipping, the UK Government has released a Protocol document that focuses on four types of shipments. These include: 

  • Goods coming from Great Britain and heading to Northern Ireland may be subject to Customs Clearance, but Taxes and Duties will not apply.
  • Goods coming from Northern Ireland and heading to Great Britain will continue as they are (minus a few exceptions).
  • Shipments between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will move freely, as usual.
  • Northern Ireland shipments to and from any other country will follow the same regulations as all other UK imports/exports.

Changes to UK VAT Treatment - What You Should Know

Instead of collecting VAT at the delivery point, this happens at the initial sale. This change applies to many goods under the value of £135. 

All shipments above that value will remain subject to the existing Customs rules and processes, where the receiver is responsible for paying Duty upon delivery. 

These changes will NOT apply to shipments containing excise goods or non-commercial transactions between private individuals; Existing rules continue for these transactions. 

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