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BREXIT INFO - updated 1.8.2021

Dolphi Transport

BREXIT INFO - updated 1.8.2021

Updated 01/08/2021

Important! The information below is extremely important for understanding the changes that have occurred since 1.1.2021 during the transport of shipments from the UK to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is the responsibility of the consignee of the consignment to familiarize himself with the current customs regulations in the country where the consignment is directed. Ellie Parcels assumes no responsibility for incorrect or incomplete completion of the forms required for the customs procedure. Please read until the end of the article.

As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU, it has left the customs union and the single market. On 24.12.2020 it was announced that the UK and the EU managed to agree on the so-called Free Trade Agreement. What does this mean for you?

The agreement ensures that no tariffs or quotas will be applied to trade between the UK and the EU, as long as the contents meets all the necessary ‘rules of origin’ requirements. That is certainly good news. The worse is that there has been more bureaucracy and "paperwork" in trade between the UK and the EU, which we have not had to deal with so far. Specifically, it will be the customs clearance of each shipment.

What is customs clearance and why must it be done if no duties are applied?

As the UK is no longer a member of the customs union, any goods that enter the EU must go through customs (customs clearance) - a process in which the amount of duty and VAT (so-called customs debt) are determined by the value of the consignment, which must be paid by the consignee in the EU. Under the UK-EU agreement, no duty will be paid (as long as the contents meets all the necessary ‘rules of origin’ requirements), but VAT will.
It is important to note that the consignee is responsible for paying customs debt assessed by the customs administration. The non-acceptance of a consignment by the consignee for whom a customs debt has been levied, or the non-payment of such a customs debt, may mean that the consignment may be returned to the consignor at the consignor's expense (or may be officially disposed of) and the customs debt may be recovered from the consignee.

In order for a shipment to be sent at all, we will need some information from you that you did not have to provide so far. First of all, it will be a detailed description of the contents of the shipment, ie. it is necessary to state each item in the shipment, the number of pieces, the value of individual items and especially the so-called HS codes. Please pay extra attention to this. More information on how to fill in the description of the contents of the shipment can be found in the Help when filling out the form. Please note that if you fill in incorrectly or incompletely, we will ask you to complete the information. Without this information, we will not pick up your shipment, or you will be asked by the customs administration in the territory of delivery to complete this information and the delivery of your shipment will be suspended.