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Exporting Goods From The UK


The UK has now left the EU and is classed as a 3rd country in regards to trade to and from the continent. An FTA was agreed on 24/12/20 which eliminates duty on goods of preferential origin. This meant that the first of January 2021 saw the implementation of new customs regulation, legislation and paperwork around exporting goods from the UK to the EU. The movement of goods to Northern Ireland and the EU was previously a free trade deal, which did not require external paperwork or legislation. 

Post-Brexit, the export of goods from the UK looks very different. For companies and individuals wishing to export goods from the UK, there are now requirements to be followed (in terms of tariffs, clearance, and legal requirements) in order to move items overseas. 

Here at Speedy Freight, we’ve been working with each of our clients who have interests in moving items abroad, to ensure that all compliance requirements are met. Our expertise in international freight forwarding means that we are able to advise and assist our clients on exporting licenses and export taxes when it comes to moving goods from the UK to overseas. 


What do I need to know to export goods from the UK after Brexit? 


Whilst we have been working hard on our customers’ behalf; there are new regulations for traders as well.

We’ve put together a checklist for our customers to work through, to ensure we are working together to make this transition as uncomplicated as possible.


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To export goods from the UK after Brexit, there are multiple different stages of compliance and legislation that you’ll need to undertake in order to successfully continue with your operations. The 1st January 2021 saw changes to the UK trade agreement with the EU and Northern Ireland, which means exporters need to ensure they are compliant with new licensing and taxation regulations on exporting goods. 

Here at Speedy Freight, our goal is to make sure that all our clients are conscious of the rules for exporting goods from the UK to the EU. The new regulation necessities governing import are as follows: 


STEP 1 –  Make sure you have an EORI Number 
STEP 2 – Make Export Declarations
STEP 3 – Check the Tax and Duty Rates
STEP 4 – Check The Rules For Your Specific Goods and Destinations
STEP 5 – Check How Your VAT Process Has Changed 
STEP 6 – Make Sure You Can Transport Your Goods 


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Rules for exporting

There are a number of rules and protocols that must be followed in order to export goods from the UK. We outline these below: 


  1. Signed power of attorney letter
  2. EORI numbers of the recipient and sender
  3. Invoice number and currency
  4. Export declaration
  5. Customs tariff number of the goods (HS codes)
  6. Description of the cargo/goods
  7. Values of the goods
  8. Incoterm


Licences You’ll Need To Export Goods From The UK

There are several licenses that you may need to implement to export goods from the UK to the EU or Northern Ireland. You may need to get licenses or certificates if you are exporting any restricted goods to the UK (see the full list here.) 


Check The Receiver Is Able To Import Goods From The UK 

When you’re looking to export goods from the UK, it’s essential to make sure your receiver has completed the necessary legal formalities in the country of reception to import the goods you have sent from the UK. Import declarations, as well as Safety and Security declarations, will be needed for multiple countries to receive imported goods from the UK – so it’s crucial to check the individual or company receiving the goods has completed the necessary paperwork and declarations on their end. 


Export Declaration And Classifying Your Goods

It’s also necessary for the sender to check that the export declaration is completed prior to transportation, which can either be done by hiring a company to assist (like Speedy Freight) or can be done by yourself. Export declarations and classifications vary depending on the nature of the item, so it is key to check your items fall under the named categories. For information about how to complete an export declaration, follow the government guidelines here. 


Preparing The Invoice And Documentation 

Once classified, it’s key to complete the invoice, license and documentation which must travel with the goods.

The government website has advice on how to complete this invoicing correctly, including the fact that it’s key to use the price you’re selling your goods for when filling in the value of your goods on the invoice. If the goods are not for sale, you need to use their market value. It’s also important to list any freight or export insurance you included in the price separately.


What Speedy Freight Can Offer/ How We Help

Here at Speedy Freight, we’re always committed to helping our clients with British exports to the UK or Northern Ireland. Our expertise with freight, particularly international freight, means that we are perfectly placed to assist our customers in moving goods overseas after Brexit. We can help with export taxes after Brexit, export tariffs, license information and much more when you choose Speedy Freight as your logistics provider. 


Our 24/7, 365 service means we’re always available to move your goods, while our dedicated delivery service means we’ll never co-load our vehicles with more than one person’s goods at once. Your consignment will make its way directly from A to B, without any unnecessary stops or delays on the way. To speak to Speedy Freight about becoming your exporter of goods post-Brexit, simply get in touch with us here for more information and get your business ready for export. 


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Northern Ireland after Brexit

From 1st January 2021, new regulations became applicable on moving goods to and from the UK to Ireland, including NI.

Export declarations will need to be presented to HMRC prior to any goods being shipped from the UK to Ireland.

Import declarations, as well as Safety and Security declarations, will also be needed for Irish Customs again prior to the goods starting their journey from the UK:

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The UK has now left the EU and is now classed as a 3rd country in regards to trade to and from the continent. An FTA was agreed on 24/12/20 which eliminates duty on goods of preferential origin. 

Export declarations will need to be presented to HMRC prior to any goods being shipped from the UK to Ireland. 

Import declarations as well as Safety and Security declarations will also be needed for Irish Customs again prior to the goods starting their journey from the UK

  • Goods moving between ROI and GB (in either direction)

ROI are still part of the EU so full export and import entries are needed despite there being no border with NI. 

  • Goods moving from NI to GB

The UK government has promised “unfettered access” for NI goods moving to GB but the exact definition of such access needs further clarification and the issue of whether goods are “NI qualifying goods” will be critical to this determination.

Also, it is not yet clear whether exit summary declarations will apply in respect of the movement of goods from NI to GB. There will, however, be no entry summary declarations and no tariffs in GB.

  • Goods moving from GB to NI

Whilst still part of the UK, NI has a foot in both camps in regards to Brexit – they require customs entries on the goods but not full entries like the EU. The customer in NI will need to be registered with Trader Support Service (TSS) and have an EORI number starting with XI in order to do the customs entry.

Under the NI Protocol of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, EU tariffs may apply to the movement of goods to NI from GB if goods are deemed to be “at risk” of moving into the EU, or subject to commercial processing in NI.


Here at Speedy Freight we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that the transition to the new regulations is as smooth as possible for our customers who wish continue the movement of goods to the EU.  We have customs procedures in place in line with government guidance to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations.   


Goods moving between ROI and GB (in either direction)

As goods can’t be shipped without Customs Declarations being completed in both the UK and Ireland prior to departure; it’s important that the right documentation is sent in. 

With this we know that companies will have had to make changes in regards to systems to produce the correct documentation that is required. As a guide, commercial invoices will need the following information for shipments between the UK and Ireland – 

  • Buyer and Sellers full name and address 
  • Full description of goods, including the appropriate HS code. 
  • Value goods including the currency 
  • Origin of the goods (this may be different to that of the seller) 
  • Terms of Sale as per Incoterms 
  • Exporter and Importer EORI Numbers 
  • Number and types of packages 
  • Net and gross weights 


It’s is worth noting that certain commodities such as foodstuffs (animal or plant based products) may be subject to additional customs checks and controls. 

It is vital that the Importer have registered with the relevant bodies in Ireland and that all authorisations and necessary documentation is in place prior to the goods being loaded.  

If the customer does not have a customs agent in ROI, Speedy can appoint one but the customer must also send over a form to Revenue (Irish version of HMRC) to advise who they are working with. This can take minimum of 3 days due to increased workload and not enough staff. Only when the confirmation from Revenue is received will the import entry be started. 


‘At Risk’ Goods are those that will possibly be moving into the Republic of Ireland after they are imported. 

Any goods that that are moved into RoI will not have duties be refunded the new agreements set out.

Guidance is still limited on how any refund procedures will be handled.


Goods moving from GB to NI

The Trader Support Service (TSS) is in place to assist with customs formalities for goods moving to NI from GB. An Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) is needed prior to arrival, once goods have arrived the TSS will work with the Importer to complete an Simplified Frontier Declaration (SFD) so it is vital that the importer is registered with the TSS. 

Once the entry is completed on the TSS site and authorised by customs, a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) for the driver is needed. This is a barcode that is scanned on departure that covers the goods inside the vehicle. For ease for driver and customer, the best route to arrive into NI is either Larne or Belfast, arriving into ROI to transit up to NI can cause issues as other boarding passes are needed.


Details that are needed for an entry via TSS are: 

  • Confirmation that importer is registered with the TSS 
  • Importer & exporter EORI numbers 
  • Collection and delivery locations 
  • Consignment details – weight, goods description, package type 
  • Speedy job number 
  • Registration and nationality of the vehicle 
  • Dates of travel and arrival 
  • Route of travel
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What's happening and when

UK border controls and customs procedures take effect on January 1, 2021. Temporary measures will allow for a transition in three stages during the first half of 2021 before full UK border controls are implemented from October 2021.

Imports of STANDARD goods to the UK

  • Upon arrival of goods in the UK, only an entry into the importer’s records (EIDR) will need to be made (no import declaration must be lodged).
  • This entry is to be followed by a supplementary declaration into the UK’s customs system, CHIEF, within 6 months of the arrival date.
  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule.
  • No Entry Summary declaration (ENS) is required for a period (changes from October 2021).
  • All products of animal origin (POAO) and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and presentation of the relevant health certificates.
  • Full or simplified import declarations are possible.
  • For all goods (including standard goods), import declarations must be lodged at the port of entry.
  • For the UK imports, the import declaration may be lodged at the port of entry, but for RoRo shipments, the UK import declarations must be lodged prior to departure from the EU.
  • ENS must be lodged at least two hours before arrival in the UK for shortsea transport and one hour before arrival at the French Eurotunnel terminal.
  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule.
  • Inspections will be made on SPS products at GB Border Control Posts and occur more frequently.

Advantages of using Speedy Freight

Speedy Freight has a team on the ground, ready to take your call no matter what time of the day or night it may be. We’ll always be there to answer the phone, for those last-minute emergencies when you need courier support. Our same-day delivery team aims to be with you within one hour of you making your booking, because we know that emergencies just can’t wait. Whether you need to get your goods to France, Spain or Northern Ireland or there’s an unexpected issue – Speedy Freight is there.

Speedy Freight are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a year. We know that courier emergencies don’t just happen in the 9-5, Monday to Friday. Whether you’ve got a last-minute break in your supply chain on Christmas Day, or a part missing at midnight, Speedy Freight are the ideal couriers for you. The goods industry doesn’t stop – so nor do we.

Our five-star Trustpilot rating shows you that you can trust us: our response, our reliability and our efficiency is second to none. Airlines can’t afford to settle for less than the best – which is why you don’t have to.  Here at Speedy Freight, we’ll always strive to give you the very best service – so that you, and your passengers, never have to compromise.

At Speedy Freight, we know that you can’t leave anything to chance. You’ll never be left wondering where your consignment is, with our Speedy Freight Status Tracking option. Clearly see where your items are, and clearly track their journey – so you don’t have to wait a moment longer than you have to.

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