Now that the Brexit process has finished and the UK has a trade agreement with the EU, it’s important for a business to understand the new rules and regulations for exporting to Europe after Brexit. Failure to comply could lead to delays in delivering goods and possibly fines, increasing costs for your business.
Below are some guidelines on How to Export to Europe after Brexit. If you have any questions or need help with transporting goods to the EU, get in touch with Broughton Transport. With many years of helping customers transport their goods internationally, Broughton Transport has the knowledge and expertise to help you.
Brexit Export Process
Understand the different processes and circumstances
Currently, there are slightly different rules and processes if shipping to and from Northern Ireland. If you are shipping from Northern Ireland to the EU or even to other parts of the UK then there are a separate set of processes to follow.
Other different processes when shipping internationally include if you are shipping products by post, personally transporting items to the EU to sell or are taking a small number of items abroad temporarily.
If your plans don’t meet any of the above criteria, then there are specific rules for exporting physical goods to the EU with which Broughton Transport can help.
UK and European rules and regulations also apply that require you to have the right paperwork when transporting goods as well as ensuring you keep records of shipments and invoices.
How to transport goods to EU without delays
Seek advice and expertise
The government has information on its website that you can use to help you (go to ttps://www.gov.uk/export-goods) but to reduce the risk of complications and delays, it’s recommended to work closely and in partnership with a logistics company that has expertise and knowledge in transporting goods to the EU.
Your new logistics partner will be able to advise on any potential issues and make sure that you follow the export processes correctly. Within the first few weeks of 2021, there have already been fines as well as delays on the shipments of some goods because of a lack of paperwork or not having the right paperwork.
While completing paperwork may be more effort and possibly an inconvenience, correctly completed paperwork can ensure that your customers receive their products from you on time, while you avoid costly fines. So it’s well worth that extra bit of time it takes to complete the necessary export forms correctly.
What art the regulations of the UK/EU trade agreement
Beware of changes to export regulations
There will undoubtedly be changes over the next few years to the trade agreement between the UK and the EU so it’s important to stay up to date and to understand the implications on your business. You might, for example, need to fill in different paperwork, pay tariffs or follow completely new processes.
Your transport partner can help. You can stay up to date by visiting Government advice for exporting goods to EU here: https://www.great.gov.uk/advice
Need help exporting to the EU?
At Broughton Transport we are on a mission to make transporting goods to the EU and other countries as easy and efficient as possible for our clients. Our standard, refrigerated, and frozen compartment trucks deliver to and from the EU on a weekly basis and we are committed to making each delivery as seamless as possible for you.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help, get in touch with our European export logistics team today.