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As we all know as of the 1 January the transition period expires. From that point we are then in a position of having to make export and import entries in to the EU.

These entries will have to be made whether we have a trade deal or not so we have been working with our partners to ensure that we understand what information is required and that from a system perspective we are able to transmit that data cleanly and effectively.

So regardless of what happens with the Brexit trade discussions we are very much in a position to continue to support our clients cross border growth and expansion.

So whilst we wait for clarity on what Post Brexit deal looks like we know that the process of exporting and importing will be the same – our systems and networks are built to be flexible and designed to be able to adapt to change.

Pro Carrier and the team that works within Pro Carrier are extremely experienced in managing cross border logistics, working with partners and customs agents globally, managing various customs incoterms and dealing with the complexities of duty/tax payments.

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  • Data

    The key to allowing Pro Carrier to manage a seamless transition, especially in the event of a No Deal is data. Pro Carrier today ships globally so is very experienced at managing cross border. Key things for you to consider if you have not traded beyond the EU previously:

    Pro Carrier will facilitate Export out of the UK and import to the country of destination. To do this we will need to be supplied in the data to us the following:

    • Full parcel information
    • Recipient details including email address and mobile phone number
    • Goods descriptions
    • Costs of goods
    • Product classification codes – otherwise known as Harmonisation codes, HS or HTS codes.

    This simply needs to be passed to us in the data files you send to us and Pro Carrier takes care of the rest. This data is mandatory I am afraid because without it we cannot make the necessary entries.

    The accuracy of that data is really important as inaccurate data can lead to:

    • Delays as can lead to increased customs examinations
    • Customs holds
    • Incorrect evaluation of duty and tax – under declaration of goods can lead to fines

    If have any questions around what has been discussed here or need any advice on how we can help to facilitate the above, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or make contact via the site.

    It’s worth noting that part of that data we will require will be the provision of your VAT number and also your EORI number  – An EORI number is required to be declared if exporting from the UK to a non EU destination – so from Jan 1 will be required for all exports – for more information please visit

    Typically this process can take up to two weeks but best advice is to apply asap.

  • Duty and Tax

    In the event of a No Deal Brexit or depending on the nature of a final deal then there will be a requirement to pay duties and taxes for shipments that are currently enjoying the free trade relationship with the EU.

    At the moment the customs thresholds in to the EU are as follows:

    • Individual shipments no VAT or Duty if values declared is below 22 Euros
    • If value is between 22 Euros and 150 Euros then VAT only
    • Vat rates will vary dependent on destination 9netherlands 21%, Greece 24%, Germany19% France 20%). If as seller the sales exceed 75,000 Euros into any specific destination in 1 year then they will need to register for VAT in that country
    • If above 150 Euros then both Vat and Duty will be applicable

    Pro Carrier offers a wide range of delivery services with 2 main ways of facilitating how the duty and tax implications can be managed. The two choices open to our clients are:

    1. DDU – The recipient pays any applicable VAT and duties prior to or at the point of delivery
    2.  DDP – The sender pays any applicable VAT and Duty – in this case Pro Carrier will calculate the amounts due and subsequently invoice our clients. To ensure smooth progress through customs Pro Carrier will manage the in country payment of VAT and duty directly with our agents.

    So, based on what our client’s aspirations are, based on what our clients are shipping, based on the value of the products being shipped Pro Carrier is perfectly positioned to provide sound advice and solutions.

    Our best advice is to seek confirmation of how best to handle VAT from your TAX experts and HMRC.

    From July 2021 the 15 Euro VAT customs threshold into the EU will no longer be available. From Jan 1st that threshold for material coming into the UK also disappears and importers to the UK will be responsible for making VAT returns to HMRC therefore will have to register for VAT in the UK. It is likely that from July the same rule will apply to those importing in to the EU – watch this space.

  • Customer experience 

    Brexit represents a huge change to the e-commerce marketplace and has the potential to be huge disruptor.

    Pro Carrier has thought long and hard on how it can help minimize any possible disruption and mitigate any risk for those of its clients who already have the EU as a marketplace. We have also thought long and hard how we can continue to support those clients who want to expand their marketplace into Europe and beyond.

    So how have we done that:

    • Technology – flexible and adaptable systems that are designed to meet the Cross Border administrative requirements whilst at the same time helping and facilitating our clients to meet them.
    • Assisting with understanding what data is required and helping our clients to be compliant
    • Taking the responsibility for managing the export declaration to HMRC on behalf of our clients
    • Communication – to our clients and our clients customers -working with our clients to ensure that there is clear and easy to understand communication between all parties
    • Providing support with managing VAT and Duty implications including supporting areas such as VAT drawback
    • Range of delivery services designed to support every potential scenario
    • Easy to understand pricing and clear invoicing
    • Mitigating risk by offering a choice of delivery networks, flexing between commercial delivery solutions and Postal delivery solutions if and when required
    • Transparency of service
    • Support duty drawback and help mitigate any VAT implications when items are returned – British Returned goods

    In summary – Pro Carrier is equipped to take on the challenge of Brexit utilizing the systems, networks and experience that have been developed and introduced specifically make shipping Cross Border simple and easy.

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