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Brexit: import and export

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Do you import products from the UK? Or do you have customers in the United Kingdom? Since 1 January 2021 you have to deal with customs formalities and longer waiting times at the border. Prepare your shipments well to avoid delays.

The information on is based on the agreement between the EU and the UK.

Preferential origin: avoid paying import duties

Do you trade with the UK and would you rather not pay import duties on your products? Then it is important for you to see how you can make use of the agreements between the EU and the UK. Read about preferential origin.

To do list

Five things to do: ferry and shortsea terminals

All ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals in the Netherlands work together within the Portbase platform. You must pre-notify your business with the United Kingdom digitally via this platform. If you fail to do so, you will not have access to the terminal. Portbase helps you on your way in five steps, outlined on the Get Ready for website.


Dutch Customs declaration

You must inform Dutch Customs that you are exporting or importing goods from a country outside the EU. Visit the Customs website to find out how to prepare yourself.

There is also a toolkit available.

Do you often export to or import from the UK?

Then it is useful to apply for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. This offers you various advantages in the field of international trade, such as fewer physical checks and priority checks.

Do you have little experience with international trade?

Then consider outsourcing your customs declaration to a forwarder or carrier (in Dutch).

British Customs Declaration

As you can see in the to-do list above, you must register your products with both Dutch and British customs. You need a UK representative to file the declaration in the UK. He or she needs a British EORI number (customs number) for this. The representative bears the risks. So make agreements about the risks and how to cover them. Are you unable to make agreements? Then you can do the import declaration on the British side yourself. Then open a branch in the UK (in Dutch) and apply for a UK EORI number. Do you handle customs formalities in the UK yourself? And do you want to make use of the preferential tariffs resulting from the trade agreement? Then you must comply with the applicable rules of origin.

Freight Forwarder Selection Tool

The sector organizations ACN, TLN / FENEX and evofenedex have developed a free Brexit tool for entrepreneurs who want to outsource customs and logistics. The tool is available on the evofenedex website.

Key considerations

Dual use goods

Do you import or export dual use goods? The UK is one of the countries for which you need a Union General Export Permit (the EU001).

Keep in mind that dual use goods are subject to inspection. Apply for the necessary export permits. Do you want to export a more sensitive strategic good (categories listed in Annex IV of the Regulation)? Then ask the Central Office for Import and Export of Customs for advice.

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