Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequent topics. Click on a topic to expand, or enter a search term below:
Can I deliver to Amazon with Pallet2Ship?
Yes, Pallet2ship delivers consignments to Amazon. We offer dedicated services for Amazon deliveries which you're able to book directly online.
How can I book a consignment to Amazon?
You can complete a booking to Amazon directly on our homepage. Select the collection and the delivery postcodes, and the numbers of pallets/ parcels you would like to send. Then enter the weight and the dimensions making sure you use kilograms (kg) and centimetres (cm) ONLY. At stage 4 (Options), you will be asked for the Amazon details that we will require to book in your delivery (FBA Reference, Unit count, Carton count, Pallet count, Vendor Name, Purchase Order (PO) /Amazon ID).
Can I track my Amazon consignment?
Yes, Amazon consignments are trackable like all the other consignments. Please use the tracking number received on the Tracking section, on our website.
Do you provide a POD for an Amazon delivery?
Yes, after delivery a POD will be uploaded on the carrier's tracking page.
Can you deliver items to the UK from abroad ?
We can arrange great import rates. Please email email@example.com with your details and we will reply to you with a quote in a short time.
Can I have a morning collection?
Probably not. You can specify a package ready time, which may be up until 3pm, although this depends on your area. Your package will be collected between this time and 5.30pm.
Do you only collect boxes?
We can collect boxes, letters and jiffy bags. Please note that Pallet2Ship can also collect crates, pallets or any other items. We specialise in very large items and we offer very competitive rates to any destination worldwide.
It's 4pm and my collection hasn't happened...
Collections are up until 6:00pm. Please feel free to contact us after 4pm if you are concerned about your collection, and we can check with the depot.
What compensation do I get if my package is not collected on time ?
All our services are either non guaranteed or guaranteed delivery only, this guarantee will only apply once the package has been collected. We are therefore not able to provide a refund for failed collections.
Will Pallet2Ship contact me if my collection fails ?
Pallet2Ship are a courier broker and therefore not the collecting agent. We have very few collection issues, but if the collection does not take place please contact us so that we are aware and can rearrange your collection with the carrier.
What compensation do I get if my package is not delivered on time ?
If your consignment was sent on a guaranteed service then you will receive a 50% refund should the delivery exceed the guaranteed time. (Applicable to parcel services only)
What is classed as Furniture ?
Furniture is classified as movable objects which may support the human body (seating furniture and beds), provide storage, or hold objects on horizontal surfaces above the ground.
Can I ship a pallet that contains engine or gearbox with Pallet2ship?
Yes, you can. We have a dedicated service for this requirement. The only condition is the collection address has to be a commercial location (E.g garage). The goods need to be professionally cleaned, strapped and very well packed, on the pallet. Please make sure that at the time of the booking you follow the instructions and select a service which handles engines/gearboxes.
Can I ship batteries with Pallet2ship?
Yes, we ship a large variety of batteries, but we will need the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) of the product to make sure it is safe to be transported through our services. Please be advised that batteries over 100 Wh are considered DG (Dangerous Goods).In this case, it has to be packed, labelled and documented to IATA specifications – i.e. professionally packed with a DGN (Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods by Air). Also, please be advised that handling charges may apply if you choose to ship this type of goods by air. <br>
Will I have to pay customs charges when I send a package ?
This is unpredictable and is at the discretion of the customs in the destination country. If they do impose charges, the recipient will be contacted by the customs directly and we cannot get involved in the process.
Can I insure my consignment when shipping with Pallet2ship?
Yes, you can insure directly on our website for goods with a value from £100 to £10,000 when placing your order. If the value exceeds £10,000, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide a quote within minutes.
What type of goods are insurable?
We insure a wide range of goods, such as electronics, engines, gearboxes, tools, etc. Please keep in mind that you must provide a proof of purchase that states the value of the goods you want to insure. If you want to find out more about insurable goods, please access this link.
Does the insurance cost depend on the destination of my shipment?
No, the insurance cost only depends on the value of the goods you are shipping, regardless of the destination point.
My goods are not new. Can I still insure them?
Yes, you can insure used goods as well, but please be advised they will only be covered for total loss, not for damages. Even if the customer provides the purchase invoice, we are unable to insure used goods against damages.
If I insure my goods for the maximum value (£10,000), will I receive £10,000 back if my consignment gets damaged/lost?
If you have a purchase invoice that demonstrates the value you are claiming, then yes, you will receive back the amount based on the value of your goods.
I'm a manufacturer and I want to ship my products to a customer. What documents do I need to insure my shipment?
If you are a manufacturer and you want to insure your products on their way to your customer, instead of the purchase invoice, you must provide the sales invoice and the list of the manufacturing costs.
Do I sign for my goods if they are damaged ?
If the goods are damaged, please sign to accept but note that the goods are damaged. If you sign for the goods in 'Good Condition', you will not be able to process a claim.
I'm about to insure my consignment and I'm unsure who to fill out as the assured party?
The assured party is whoever would be paid out in the event of a claim, which means it can be the sender, the receiver, or a third party.
Do I need to keep the packaging ?
If the goods are damaged, packaging must be kept in case the goods need inspecting with the packaging. If the packaging is not kept this could invalidate your claim.
What cover does my consignment have ?
All services come with an inclusive transit cover of £50. Additional transit cover can be added at the time of booking.
What do I need to start a claim ?
In order to process a claim the following are needed: Photograph of the item Photograph and description of the packaging An invoice showing the value of the consignment The consignment number emailed to you at the time of booking The repairs and salvage value
Who can start a claim ?
Only the person that placed the order can start a claim and only the person who placed the order will be paid out.
How much time do I have to submit a loss or damage claim ?
The customer must advise us of a potential claim via email at email@example.com the same day as the goods are delivered. The claim must be submitted to us via the website within 24 hrs after the transit has ended.
How long will my claim take ?
he industry standard to resolve a claim is 8-12 weeks. Pallet2Ship aim to conclude any claim received within 28 working days.
Are there any exclusions to the Transit Cover ?
There are some exclusions that prevent you from making a claim. For example, you will be unable to claim for any items on our Prohibited or restricted Items list, or if the item was not boxed or packaged sufficiently. For the full list of exclusions, please refer to our Prohibited Items list and Terms and Conditions.
How will I get my item back ?
The damaged item must not be moved until the claim is completed as this will invalidate the claim. If the claim is paid out in full, the item will not be returned. If repair costs are paid the item will be delivered back to you if you wish.
How do I start a claim ?
Any claim must be placed through the website: https://www.pallet2ship.co.uk/insurance-claim/. We do not accept claims placed by phone, fax etc.
I don't want to book online, can I ring it through to you ?
In order to keep our prices low, we cannot take telephone bookings with the exception of specialised services such as imports or special deliveries.
We currently accept the following payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Switch/Maestro, Solo, Delta, Electron and Paypal.
Do you offer credit accounts ?
We do not normally offer credit accounts. If you are a limited company and send more than 100 packages a week, we may be able to offer you an account subject to status.
Why do I need a printer for some services ?
Some of our services need a Shipping Label to be attached to your packages, so you will need to be able to print these out. For this, you will need a good quality B&W or color printer.
I made a mistake online, how do i change this ?
Please e-mail Customer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with the required changes and we will confirm if we are able to amend the booking or whether you will need to re-book.
Can I add additional transit cover ?
Sure. Additional transit cover can be added at the time of booking.
What pallet type should I use?
If you are booking a pallet service, please use a standard UK pallet (120x100cm) or a Euro pallet (120x80cm). All the carriers within the UK can safely handle these 2 pallet types. Please make sure you do not use an American pallet, as it is not transportable through our services. Also, the pallet you are using must be a 4 ways pallet, so it can be easily lifted by a pump-truck. <br>
How should I wrap my pallet?
When you choose a pallet service, please make sure goods are placed on a secure pallet that is suitable for mechanical handling. Either shrink wrap or strapping may be used to secure the goods down on the pallet, and we suggest protective materials where possible. For an in-depth guide, please visit our <a href="https://www.pallet2ship.co.uk/packaging-advice/" title="Packaging advice " target="_blank">Packaging advice</a> page. <br>
What are the size, weight and height restrictions of a pallet?
There are 5 different standard definitions for pallets: mini-quarter pallet, quarter pallet, half pallet, full-lite pallet and full pallet. All of them have the same base size, which is 120cm by 100cm deep. The standard maximum height is 220cm with the pallet height included. We also provide a service that handles pallets with height up to 240cm. In term of weight, pallets must not exceed 1,200 kg. If the pallet exceeds 750 kg, it is the customer's responsibility to arrange loading and off loading facilities as the majority of tail-lifts can lift up to 750kg.We also handle oversized pallets. If you want to ship a pallet with dimensions exceeding a base of 120x100cm, this can be obtained instantly on our website or by phone.
What documents do I need to attach to the pallet?
If you are shipping within the UK, you will only need to attach the labels received from us. If you are shipping a pallet outside of the EU, apart from the labels, you will also need to attach 4 copies of the commercial invoice and the packing list.<br>
Where should I place the labels on the pallet?
Labels must be fixed firmly to the side of your pallet (ideally on at least 2 sides) and should clearly show the consignment reference and delivery address. Please avoid placing the label on top of the pallet or handing labels to drivers. <br>
How do I know if my consignment is properly packed?
If you haven't sent a pallet/ parcel before, and you are not sure if your consignment is properly packed, you can take a few pictures and send them to us at email@example.com and we can guide you through the packing process. A properly packed consignment will travel safely, and the risk of damage is minimised. <br>
I have packed the pallet inside my house. Can you collect it from there?
Both collections and deliveries are kerbside-to-kerbside, which means the driver is not allowed to enter your premises, under no circumstances. Please make sure your pallet is placed outside, in an accessible place, on a hard surface (tarmac, concrete).<br>
Can I ship a pallet that includes personal effects?
Yes, you can, but we will require some pictures of the consignment in order to make sure the goods travel safely. Please be sure that at the time of the booking you follow the instructions and select a service which handles personal effects.
What documents do I need when shipping personal effects?
If you are shipping within Great Britain, you will not need additional documents. If you are shipping outside the EU you will receive a proforma invoice from us that needs to filled-in, and we will also need a packing list. <br>
What should the packing list contain?
The packing list is a detailed list of the items that are on a pallet. A simple word document will suffice however it should be as detailed as possible.<br>
Can I insure a consignment containing personal effects?
You can choose to insure a shipment containing personal effects however some conditions will apply. A full packing list will be required with values of each item and if not professionally packed then total loss claims only will be covered. In addition, only new goods will be covered for total loss if professionally packed, all used goods will be covered for total loss only.Please note that Insurance coverage for personal effects requires a spot quotation as it is often more expensive from our insurer.
Can I ship a pallets that contains car parts?
Yes, you can, but your consignment has to be very well packed. If you are shipping a car part that has contained oil/ liquids, please make sure it was professionally cleaned before you ship it. Also, please be advised we may be request pictures of your consignment prior to collection in order to make sure it travels safely.
Can I ship an engine with Pallet2ship?
Yes, you can. We have a dedicated service that handles this nature of goods. One of the conditions is the collection address has to be a commercial location (E.g. a garage or an office). Please note that these conditions ONLY applies to engines/ gearboxes. Also, it is imperative that the engine has been professionally cleaned, and drained of all liquids before you ship it. For an in-depth guide please access this link.
Can I ship a gearbox with Pallet2ship?
Yes, you can. We have a dedicated service that handles this nature of goods. One of the conditions is the collection address has to be a commercial location (E.g. a garage or an office). Please note that these conditions ONLY applies to engines/ gearboxes. Also, it is imperative that the gearbox has been professionally cleaned, and drained of all liquids before you ship it. For an in-depth guide please access this link.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
How does COVID-19 affect my domestic shipment?
At the moment, the domestic shipments are being handled as usual, but before booking your consignment in, please make sure the collection and delivery addresses are occupied to hand the goods over. Please be advised delays may occur.
How does COVID-19 affect my international shipment?
As we all know, several countries across the world are severely affected by COVID-19, and there may be some restrictions. For all the information regarding COVID-19, and how it may affect your shipment, please check our Service Updates post. If you require further assistance, don't hesitate to get in touch with us on the website's live chat, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My consignment comes from an area where COVID-19 has been reported. Is it safe to receive it?
The advice at the moment is yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low. However, we firmly recommend you to follow the hygiene standards: wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Also, it is very important to comply with the Government advice and to inform yourself from certified sources. <br>
The address that my consignment was supposed to be delivered to has been closed off due to COVID-19. What should I do?
If your consignment was not collected yet, we can always postpone the shipping. If your consignment is in transit, you can re-route it to a different location that is still open. Also, you have the option to return the consignment to the collection point. Please be advised that depots cannot store your consignment due to the new procedures, and a decision has to be made as soon as possible.
Do I need an EORI number if I'm a private individual in the UK?
Yes - you will need to apply for an EORI number in the UK even if you are a private individual. This will help you with both exports and imports.
Do I need an EU EORI number if I'm a private individual based in the EU?
No - you do not need to apply for an EORI number if you are based in the EU.
Can I send personal effects after Brexit?
Yes - at the moment, only our DHL services can handle this type of freight, but please keep updated on this service as soon we will have more carriers which will accommodate this freight.
Can Pallet2Ship help with commodity codes?
Yes - we cannot advise you directly, but follow this link or the one on our commercial invoice form which will take you to the government's website. From there you can find commodity codes for your goods. HMRC can also advise you directly on commodity codes.
Do I need to apply for an EORI number in the UK if I intend to bring my personal belongings from the EU?
No - you will not need an EORI number if the goods are personal effects.
Does Pallet2Ship deal with customs clearance?
Yes - the price you obtained via our website includes customs clearance on both the UK and the EU side.
If I ship from Northern Ireland to an EU country, do I need a commercial invoice?
No - a commercial invoice is not required when you shipping between Northern Ireland and an EU country.
I want to return some goods to Europe, can I use Pallet2Ship's services?
Yes - you can use our services. You will still need to complete a commercial invoice on our website and input the reason of export as 'Return'.
I want to import something from overseas, do I still need an EORI number?
Yes - you will need to apply for an EORI number if you are the importer in the UK and the goods are subject to a commercial (or private) transaction.
Can I pay taxes in the EU even if I'm based in the UK?
Yes - but only if you are a business, this is not an option to private individuals. The sender in the UK will also need to have an EU EORI number registered to their address and only business entities can register for EU EORI.
Can I use my own commercial invoice?
No - the customers who placed orders on our website will need to complete the standard commercial invoice on our website. We make sure Customs brokers get the best possible document in a standardised form.
Does my customer have to pay taxes if I'm shipping to Republic of Ireland? And what about the rest of the EU?
Yes - there will be import taxes payable when the goods arrive in both the Republic of Ireland and the EU.
Do I have to pay taxes if I'm shipping to Northern Ireland?
Yes - there will be import taxes payable when the goods arrive in Northern Ireland.
How are import taxes calculated?
Import taxes are based on the value you completed on the invoice and the commodity codes. Customs will calculate the costs based on these details.
For goods of UK origin being exported to the EU, there is no Duty applicable. However, VAT (taxes) will apply. The same applies to imports from the EU.
Who is responsible for the payment of import taxes?
Usually the receiver. However, if you select the DDP incoterms, the exporter can pay these taxes as well, but only if they are a business. Private individuals exporting to the EU cannot send DDP.
Who must sign the commercial invoice?
The person who needs to sign commercial invoice is the person who booked the job.
Where should I input my collection/delivery trading address?
When you are asked if the collection/delivery trading address is the same as the collection/delivery address, please select 'No', and you will then be able to complete this/them.
What is the difference between DAP and DDP Incoterms?
Please select DAP, if you want the duties to be paid by the receiver.
Please select DDP, if you want the duties and taxes to be paid by the sender.
On the commercial invoice page, I am being asked to detail the goods I am sending. May I input all the goods I have on one line?
This is not a possibility. You need to click on "add lot" and insert lines for each item you have. A commodity code for each item will be required as well.
What happens if the recipient refuses to pay for duty and taxes?
The sender can cover the taxes if desired, or the pallet can be returned to the collection address. However, please be advised that there will be a return cost.
I do not have a commercial invoice, what do I do?
You will be able to complete a commercial invoice on our website once the booking is complete.
I understand the Commercial Invoice is a complex document, where do I get all the information from?
Everything you need in order to successfully complete an accurate commercial invoice is available on our website, with clear links and examples. Complete the booking and you will be forwarded to the correct link where you can deal with the commercial invoice.
I am a private individual sending my personal belongings to my EU address, do I need to fill in a commercial invoice?
No - you will be asked to fill in a Pro-Forma Invoice which is a less complex document, however the information must be accurate. You will be asked to send a recent proof of address and/or residence in the country before the carriers will be able to clear the goods through Customs.
I am sending used goods to the EU. Does the receiver have to pay taxes?
Yes - any goods imported into the EU will be subject to VAT. The same applies to goods imported into the UK from the EU.
I am exporting to the EU; do I charge my customer VAT?
No, you should not charge VAT. Taxes are paid locally, your customer will be charged VAT when the goods arrive in the country. They will also have to pay Duty if the goods are not of the UK/EU preferential origins.
I would like to know more about Brexit, Documentation, payment of Duty/Taxes (VAT), legislation. Do you have this information centralised?
Yes - we have a wealth of information on our website. A good starting point is the homepage, but you should also consult our Brexit Hub which has several key resources including a Brexit Cheat Sheet, and a more in-depth guide available.
I would like to import from the EU into the UK. Do I need my own customs broker?
No - we will act as your broker. The prices advertised on our website include customs clearance.
I am looking to import from the EU, can I use my own customs broker?
No - we do not accept this arrangement because of the added layers of bureaucracy to our existing arrangements. We will clear the goods through customs for you, provided you have supplied the correct and complete documentation.
I am based in the EU and want to export to the UK and pay everything so that my customer does not pay anything. Is this possible?
Yes - you will need to ship under DDP Incoterms and you need to be registered for a GB EORI number in order to pay local taxes.
I am exporting from Northern Ireland to the EU, do I need to charge my customers VAT? What about when shipping to GB?
Yes - you will need to add VAT to any invoices when dealing with EU-based customers. The same applies for GB-based customers.
I am based in Northern Ireland and want to send goods to the EU. Do I need an EORI number?
No - you do not need an EORI number and you do not need to complete a commercial invoice.
I am based in Northern Ireland and want to ship to GB. Do I need to be EORI registered?
No - you do not need to be EORI registered or complete a commercial invoice if you wish to send goods to GB.
I want to buy goods in GB and import them into Northern Ireland. What do I need?
If you are a business, you must be GB EORI and XI EORI registered. You will not be able to complete the import without having registered for these two numbers in advance. You also need to complete a commercial invoice on our website as soon as you have completed the booking.
I am a private individual who's sold something on eBay and I want to ship the goods to the EU. Why am I being asked to complete a commercial invoice?
You are being asked because everyone based in GB and involved in a commercial transaction of any type, be it a business or private individual, must be registered for an EORI number and complete the commercial invoice on our website. These are legal requirements and not those of us or our carriers. All the information you need is on our website and we are here to guide you.
I have completed the commercial invoice and applied for an EORI number but cannot complete the commercial invoice. Why?
You must have the EORI number first, then the commercial can be generated. However, you can enter the remaining information and save it whilst you are waiting to receive the EORI number.
I am confused by the Incoterms - which one should I use?
In general, when it comes to road freight, goods travel under DAP/EX-WORKS or DDP. There are links to Incoterms 2021 available on our website, one of which is directly from the commercial invoice form. These explain in detail how things work, so please read the document to get clarification.
DAP means the importer pays taxes locally (the exporter is responsible for transport and insurance), as does EX-WORKS (the importer arranges shipping and insurance).
DDP means the exporter pays taxes, shipping and insurance, so the importer receives te goods without needing to pay anything.
I have all the information needed but not the Commodity Codes. Where can I find them? Can Pallet2Ship provide me with these?
We cannot give you the Commodity Codes. It is the responsibility of the exporter or the importer to find the correct codes for their goods. However, we can guide you - there are a number of links on our website, mainly taking you to the HMRC website, where you can find the codes yourself. If you have tried but you are not getting the correct codes, we can only advise you to phone HMRC and ask them for further guidance.
After Brexit, is there a difference between the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the EU when it comes to customs clearance?
No - there is no difference. The Republic of Ireland is part of the EU, the same rules and regulations apply.
Can I ask Pallet2Ship to check if EORI number is correct?
You can check yourself if any GB or EORI number is correct. We have links available on the website and on our commercial invoice form where you can check these numbers against the GB or EU databases.
Do I need an EORI number to be able to export to the USA or Japan, for example?
No - you only need an EORI number for exports/imports to/from the EU.
I am a third party and I want to deal with the import/export process on behalf of customers. Can you help with the customs clearance process?
Yes - our system offers the flexibility so that third party importers/exporters can generate commercial invoices and deal with the payment of duty and taxes on behalf of their customers.
How important is it to give the accurate reason for import/export?
Very - based on this information, customs will or will not apply duty or taxes. If the reason for export is "sale", then duty and taxes will apply. However, if the reason is "return of faulty product", then no duty and taxes will apply. You will however be requested to provide the initial purchase invoice.
On the commercial invoice, I am being asked to enter the invoice number. Is this essential?
Yes - you must be provide the sales invoice number and these numbers must match and withstand scrutiny. The commercial invoice number must be the same as the sales invoice. If there are any discrepancies, customs might stop your freight and this will result in extra charges and delays.
I understand I can deal with the commercial invoice on your website, but who can I sign it?
You will sign your invoice online, electronically. Everything is being done online without the need for further email exchanges, scans, or additional paperwork.
I want to ship foodstuff to the EU. Is this possible?
This was possible before Brexit, however, it is currently extremely complicated and most freight forwarders have stopped offering this service. We expect things to improve in the future, so please enquire with our team.
I am completing the commercial invoice but I do not have the accurate description of the goods. Can I enter "goods" or "stuff"?
No - the description of the goods must be brief, but very accurate. The commercial invoice will not be accepted without a clear description of the goods.
I do not the country of origin of the goods I want to ship. What do I enter on the form?
You must find out the country of origin of the goods and enter the accurate information on the commercial invoice. Incorrect information might result in goods being stopped, checked, returned, or confiscated. Extra charges are likely to apply in this case. Duty and taxes will be calculated depending on the origin of the goods, so this information is clearly important.
How important is the value of the goods? Can I estimate it when entering it on the commercial invoice?
No - you should definitely not estimate the value, even if you are a private individual who has sold something on eBay. If this value does not match a sales invoice exactly, your freight is likely to be stopped and/or returned. Fines can be imposed by Customs and you will end up having to pay for both returns and fines, so we strongly suggest entering the accurate value, to the penny.
I am dealing with a commercial invoice - I want to do it quickly and have most of the details required, but not everything, can some of the information be a guess?
We strongly recommend anyone who is exporting or importing and filling in the commercial invoice to never estimate or enter incorrect information on that page. Please remember, you cannot complete the commercial invoice if you do not sign it and accept the terms and conditions. All the information entered must be accurate and correct if you are to avoid fines, returns and/or extra charges.
I am a one-off shipper - can I get my pallet(s) through customs without a commercial invoice for a one-time shipment?
No - there is no chance whatsoever that your goods will travel from the UK to the EU or vice versa without the appropriate documentation. Anyone who wants to ship to/from the EU must take the time they need to complete the commercial invoice and gather all the information needed in order to correctly complete an invoice even if this is done as a one-off.
All these issues following Brexit are just temporary, aren't they? Within a few months it will be the way it used to be and we won't have to deal with this documentation?
No - this is incorrect. These changes are permanent and while certain things will improve, they will only do so if everyone is taking responsibility for dealing with the documentation required by law in an efficient and thorough manner.
I have done everything correctly, yet my shipment is being delayed. Why is that?
Firstly, if any of your international shipments with Pallet2Ship are being delayed, we apologise. A great deal of work has gone into creating a smoother process by all parties involved, however, please remember that when it comes to transportation services, many things can go wrong. In addition to variables such as traffic, poor weather, or restrictions on driving hours, the new customs clearance requirements are an added complexity. If documentation is incomplete or incorrect, significant delays will be the end result.
I have a lot of questions, can I call you and get help to complete the commercial invoice over the phone?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. We have numerous resources on the website to help you through the process and you are welcome to email us, and we will reply as quickly as possible. However, staying on the phone to walk customers through the process is not viable.
Do you offer a guaranteed service to Europe? Something that will mean the goods travel fast and not be checked by customs?
No - we are not able to offer a service like this as no carrier offers a guaranteed service to/from Europe. Any consignment can be stopped by customs at any time and the paperwork will definitely be checked. You should complete all documentation correctly and we will try to ship the freight as quickly as possible.
Do I still need to fill out in the commercial invoice if I use the air service to ship to Europe?
Yes - regardless of which service (road, air or sea) the customs clearance process is the same. You still need to provide all the information required by law and complete and sign a commercial invoice. The same goes for the carrier you use.
I am sending goods to a friend/family member based in Europe/Northern Ireland. Do I still need a commercial invoice? And do I need to declare the value and all other details if this is not a commercial transaction?
Yes - regardless of who you are shipping to, the correct documents are still required. Nothing can be shipped without a commercial invoice.
I am shipping goods to a friend/family member based in Europe/Northern Ireland. Are they going to pay duty and taxes?
Yes - any shipment is taxable even if sent as a present. The only non-taxable shipments are those comprised of your own goods, but you will need to prove your residency status in the country which you are shipping to.
I am based in Europe and sending goods to family/friend in the UK. Do I need a commercial invoice and are they going to pay taxes?
Yes - shipments between the EU and the UK are taxable, regardless of whether it is a commercial transaction. The recipient will pay taxes based on the value of the goods and shipping costs.
I am shipping goods to a charity. Do I need a commercial invoice and are they going to pay taxes?
Yes - you do need a commercial invoice and you need to declare the correct value, origin and nature of the goods. They might be tax exempt if they can provide proof they a registered charity, but this will depend on local legislation.
I have provided all the information but the customs clearance process is still taking a long time. Is it possible to speed up the process?
We can liaise with our carriers and their customs brokers and pass on all the information quickly to them. However, it is not possible to put any pressure on customs officials to speed up the process. They will let us know if anything further is needed or when the goods have cleared customs.
I have filled in everything on the commercial invoice but there was one small mistake. Why are the goods not moving or being delivered?
Please be aware that any mistake, however small, is likely to make a difference and the freight cannot be released by customs until these mistakes or missing information is addressed. There decisions are out of our control and we cannot influence the way customs officials deal with clearance of goods - we can only supply the information they require in the shortest possible timeframe.
I am only sending good to the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland, why is the customs clearance process the same as all other countries in Europe?
Sending goods to ROI or NI is now the same as sending them to Greece or Latvia, for example. The freight still needs to be accompanied by the correctly filled-in commercial invoices and the customs procedures are the same. In fact, in a way it is more difficult to send goods to these two countries since there is no border between them and customs officials have a very strict approach to anything moving between the two countries.
Can I ship any goods I want between the UK and the EU, or vice versa, regardless of their nature? As it used to be pre-Brexit.
No - if in doubt, please check in advance as most carriers have stopped taking certain goods for the time being. They might restart the service at a later date, however, we do advise you to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
I want to get more information on Brexit and the new regulations, can I call you to discuss the changes?
We have all the requisite information on the website - there are too many changes to discuss over the phone. This is why we invite you to visit the website and check the Brexit pages, or all other information available to you directly on the homepage.
I have imported some goods from the EU and I need to pay VAT in GB, how do I do that?
We/our carriers will make contact with you and ask you for the payment of VAT when the goods have cleared customs and arrived in the UK. Rest assured, this will happen as quickly as the freight is ready to be delivered, our carriers want to deliver the goods as quickly as possible on every single occasion.
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