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Exporting Overseas: How Can I Prep For My International Haulage

Exporting overseas from the UK: it’s not without its challenges. In a post-Brexit world, the UK has been faced with a number of changes to the process of exporting and importing from overseas, which those looking to transport must look out for.

One of the most common questions is how clients can prepare – and be organised for – their international haulage. With documentation requirements, and international compliance at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it’s essential to ensure you’re preparing your international haulage the right way. With our guide from Speedy Freight, ensure that you’ve taken the correct steps to prepare for overseas exporting and importing after Brexit.


What do I need to do before exporting from the UK?

So, you may be asking yourself: what documents need to be in place before I export from the UK after Brexit? There are a number of ways in which you need to prepare for the movement of goods after Brexit – and this guide will help you to get organised as possible. Our international freight services have a number of steps in place which need to be taken before items are exported from the UK. First you’ll need to check out the below steps:


●      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

What Are The Rules For Exporting?


Phased Checks

Following the UK’s agreement to ‘phase in’ checks for exports and imports to the UK, proposed changes were pushed back from April 2021 to March 2022.

The beginning of these checks will be October 2021: HMRC will begin to introduce checks on SPS and POAO goods arriving from the EU. Currently the checks on these products are limited, with the new regulations goods will be required to be checked by customs officials prior to delivery.

There will be further to the phased checks on SPS and POAO commodities, from January 2022 full checks on SPS and POAO commodities will be needed for imports to the UK alongside ENS declarations and full import declarations.


What exported goods are of particular importance?

Whilst the Border Operating Model has not yet been updated to show the new dates, from October of this year certain goods will be subject to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls and will therefore have additional requirements placed on them when importing to the UK. These are:

  • Animal products (Products of Animal Origin only)
  • Additional requirements for fishery products and live bivalve molluscs
  • High-risk food and feed not of animal origin (HRFNAO)
  • Plants and plant products

These controls include the requirement for the below for animal products

(including fishery products and live bivalve molluscs), high-risk food and feed not of

animal origin and plants and plant products:


  • Import pre-notification
  • Health certificate
  • A documentary check
  • Identity check
  • Physical check


Speedy Freight suggests that all customers remain aware when importing goods from October that requirements will change and it’s even more important to check with relevant authorities that the correct paperwork is in place.



Whose Responsibility Is It to Prepare For International Haulage?


The Importer’s Responsibility: Goods entering the UK need to pass via a Border Control Post (BCP) with the importer of the goods needing to pre-notify the relevant authorities when and where the goods will be arriving for checks along with information on country of origin, place of delivery and exporter details.


The Exporter’s Responsibility: Drivers will need an original health certificate produced by the exporter for duration of passage to the place of delivery much like for SPS goods exported from the UK. An individual health certificate is required for each species/type of product on the vehicle.

The commodities that BCPs are equipped to process will differ between BCPs. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the importing/exporting parties to ensure that their goods are routed via an appropriate BCP; importers are typically required to notify the relevant BCP of the goods arrival as part of the pre-notification process as such. This information must be relayed to Speedy Freight.

How Can Couriers Help Clients Prepare For International Haulage?


We’re committed to helping our clients with British exports to the EU or to Northern Ireland here at Speedy. Speedy Freight has the expertise with international haulage and freight, to assist our customers in moving goods overseas after Brexit. Our expert exporters can help our clients prepare for international haulage after Brexit, with such requirements as export tariffs, license information, and much more.


Speedy’s international export service 24/7, 365 service means we’re always available to export your goods to the EU or Northern Ireland. Our courier service is second-to-none: dedicated, so we’ll never co-load our vehicles with more than one person’s goods at once; reliable, so you know we’ll be there on time; and good value (just check out our five-star Trustpilot rating if you don’t believe us!) .


Get in touch with our teams here at Speedy Freight today about becoming your exporter of goods post-Brexit. Simply find your local branch or ring our customer service helpline for more information on preparing international haulage.

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