Speedy News / by

Don’t let Brexit spoil your Christmas


October 2019- As the 31st of October date looms and grows ever closer, here at Speedy Freight we are continuing to review the potential impact of a deal or no deal Brexit on our operation and the logistics industry as a whole. We are ready to adapt our operation should we need to and continue to adhere to legislation.

Whatever the final decision, we do not believe that our operation will be dramatically impacted. In fact, as a same day dedicated courier we believe we have the operational model to support businesses throughout the UK, to keep their goods moving. With access to over 4,000 vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including specialist vehicles, and a strong and valued preferred driver network, we are ready for anything.

Delays? We can get you back on track    

The media have talked about congestion at ports and the impact this may have on the UK road network, meaning businesses are in a position where they need to plan for potential delays in the movement of their goods. All goods between the UK and Europe will be subject to customs clearance, which may incur delays for businesses. In this situation, where freight may be delayed in to National Distribution Centres or Regional Hubs and would otherwise have been split and redistributed to onward locations on next day or 48-hours delivery services, Speedy Freight, with over 60 branches throughout the UK and a strong driver network are able to meet both planned and emergency same day delivery requirements.
Particularly as we approach peak Christmas trading, consumers are eager for their products at a more immediate rate, this is where we can help you keep your customer promises and keep your goods moving.


Collecting from UK airports

Where businesses may choose to speed up the process of getting goods into the UK by using air freight, Speedy Freight have a trained team of drivers who can collect goods from every UK airport following customs clearance. Speedy Freight are also able to support with collection and delivery internationally, co-ordinating businesses onward logistics with our global partners.


Customs clearance

All our branch teams are aware that it is essential to accurately declare cargo moving in or out of the UK and are outlining to clients the importance of gaining customs clearance for consignments.

In a no-deal Brexit, businesses will need to follow specific rules when importing from anywhere outside the UK. Businesses are encouraged to make the transition easier by registering to use transitional simplified procedures (TPS).


Registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures will make importing post-Brexit simpler. Registering can allow businesses to delay completing customs clearance processes until 6 months after import and also delay payment. Registering should reduce delays at ports.

Businesses bringing goods into the EU will need to submit a customs declaration. Completing a customs declaration can be complicated, with specific software required. Find out what to do, when to do it, which boxes to tick and how to submit via the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (Chief) system here.

Commodity Codes

Commodity codes are used to classify the goods that a company are shipping so they can be recognised by countries, including those in Europe, that are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). These codes ensure that there are no inconsistencies with product descriptions or any problems with language barriers.

We encourage all our clients to be aware of their Commodity Codes– as this also enables our clients to be able to identify the correct rate of Duty and ensure they remain compliant with HMRC, and shipments correctly minimising delays.

The Government has a tariff tracker to support businesses: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, businesses need to get a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU, this number is required when making customs declarations. Companies can apply for free via the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/eori


Whatever the outcome, as a solution focussed logistics business with extensive expertise across our network, we are here to support keeping your business moving. We’re there.



About Speedy Freight

Speedy Freight operates over 60 franchised depots across the UK. Its network of dedicated courier services means urgent, or sensitive freight can be collected within 60 minutes of booking and delivered anywhere in the UK. We are used by people who need to get important deliveries from A to B as quickly and securely as possible, and we offer immediate and dedicated service. We move any size or shape of product, and we have access to a fleet of 4,000 vehicles ranging from full-weight artics to car-derived vans. A 24/7 business, 365 days of the year, Speedy Freight delivers, whatever to wherever – your local partner with a national reach.


For more information about Speedy Freight please contact: Head of Marketing, Aimee Spilsbury on 0161 938 9077 or email aimee.spilsbury@speedyfreight.com




Download our brochure