At Pallet2ship, we're here to help our customers ship to/from EU post Brexit.
As the Brexit transition period will end on 31st of December, new trading rules will apply starting on 1st of January 2021. However, negotiations for a new Free Trade Agreement are still in progress. Your business must be ready whether you already ship inside of the EU, or you are planning to do so in the future.
Until this date, shipments continue to move between the UK and the EU as before, and our services remain the same.
Our carriers are currently making major changes regarding post Brexit shipping procedures, including preparing for the eventuality of there being no trade deal agreed, so the UK will become a “third country” trading with the EU under the World Trade Organisation's rules and regulations starting January 1st 2021.
Pallet2ship will keep you updated regarding everything you need to know about pallet delivery to and from the EU post Brexit and we have already made important changes to the website so once the UK leaves the EU, all the necessary paperwork is handled in the most efficient manner, online.
Even after Brexit, customers can still benefit from cheap pallet delivery rates to/from Europe, and we are focusing on maintaining the same high standard of service we have been providing for over 12 years. We are in a very strong position to continue offering the same high level of customer service and value for money and our UK and the EU experienced operations teams will be available to help you beyond the 31st of December 2020.
Currently, all of our pallet shipping services are operating as usual, and no further steps are required to ship your goods into the EU or from the EU into the UK. To learn more about how you can prepare your business for Brexit, please refer to the Pallet2ship guide, below:
What we know:
What we don't know yet:
Regarding the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales), the UK Government has released a Protocol document. The document is focusing on 4 types of shipments:
Starting on the 1st of January 2021, for most consignments not exceeding £135 in value, instead of VAT being collected at importation or delivery to the customer, VAT will be accounted for at the point of sale. Consignments above that value will remain subject to the existing customs rules and processes where the receiver is responsible for paying the duty upon importation/delivery. The changes will not apply to consignments of goods containing excise goods or to non- commercial transactions between private individuals. Existing rules will continue to apply for these transactions. For more details, please access this link:
Here at Pallet2Ship, we put our customers first and aim to give you the most up to date information. Please see the information below regarding required documentation for shipments post Brexit.
IMPORTANT! Information on EORI numbers.
Considering shipping goods to/from Europe? In the UK, businesses, self-employed and private individuals involved in a commercial transaction must register, the same for businesses and self-employed within the EU, so before exporting/importing it is essential to make sure that both you and your customers/suppliers in Europe have the EORI numbers (unless your EU customer is a private individual in which case they do not need it).
|Collect from||Deliver to||
(for goods that are subject of a sale)
(for personal effects)
|Northern Ireland||Rep. of Ireland|
|Rep. of Ireland||Northern Ireland|
|Great Britain||Northern Ireland|
|Northern Ireland||Great Britain|
|Rep. of Ireland||Great Britain|
|Great Britain||Rep. of Ireland|
|Rep. of Ireland||Europe|
|Europe||Rep. of Ireland|
VAT: applicable; not applicable.
EORI: required; not required.
Any company, self-employed or private individual selling goods to Europe must apply for an EORI number and provide it on the commercial invoice.
If your customer in Europe is a business or self-employed individual you are also required to provide their EORI number and if they do not yet have one they are required to apply.
Are you already trading outside the EU?
If you are already trading outside the EU you will be familiar with exports/ imports, customs requirements and certain documentation needed for clearance. Nonetheless, the following information could still be valuable in helping you ship your pallets or parcels to/from the EU after 1st January 2021. Please review the sections containing information on EORI numbers, Commodity Codes and Incoterms in particular.
Are you trading within the EU only?
Pallet and parcel delivery to and from Europe will soon change. If you are currently only shipping within the EU now is the time to familiarise yourself with all the information available on our website, mainly with the future customs procedures and the required documentation, which will help you better understand the customs clearance process.
From 1st January 2021, Pallet2Ship will apply a charge (imposed on us by the carriers) on all dutiable shipments between the UK and EU countries, both inbound and outbound. With the information that is currently available we cannot clearly say how much this fee will be since this will depend on each carrier, however our promise to customers is to try to keep these extra costs to the absolute minimum. This fee will be introduced regardless of any trade deal agreed by the UK and EU, as the following will still apply:
Pallet2Ship will help you understand the 4 key steps we believe will help your business be ready for shipping pallets or parcels into Europe from 2021 onwards.
What documents will you need if you are an Exporter?
As one of the UK’s main freight brokers, with high volumes of imported freight booked on our online system, Pallet2Ship wants to continue in helping our customers ship their goods as smoothly as possible from Europe to the UK.
What documents will you need if you are an Importer?
* Pallet2Ship acting as your broker will make sure that customs clearance at both export and import will be as smooth as possible to deliver your shipment without delays.
To do this we ask you to provide us with the following details: