Will Brexit affect shipments?

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020, following approval of the withdrawal deal from the House of Lords and formal consent by both the UK and European Parliament. To ease any concerns relating to this, we have answered some key questions.

When are the Brexit changes taking place? 

The transitional period of Brexit began on the 31st January 2020 and is due to end on at 2259 hours on 1st January 2021. Beginning on the 1st January 2021, the UK government is introducing a three-step structure to how we export and import goods. Meaning, we will be entering phase one. This phased approach has been introduced to lessen the burden on UK importers.  

 

Will there be delays to shipments? 

To ease any concerns regarding the UK’s leave from the EU, we want to advise that there will be little to no disturbance to deliveries after the 1st January 2021, despite the new customs procedures. We have ensured that the correct documentation is in place so that the shipping process is as smooth as possible to minimise any potential delays.  

 

What measures are being taken to prepare for Brexit? 

Previously, goods had unrestricted access to and from the EU market, but they will now be subject to customs controls, duty and VAT. Exporters are required to complete an export declaration, with their EU customers completing import declarations before they can use their goods in their home market.  

To import or export goods from the UK, a GB and EU Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is needed. We will work with our shipping provider to ensure that we have all the correct documentation in place following the end of the transitional period. You can find Unigloves’ EORI number in the footer of our website: https://unigloves.co.uk/