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Transporting and importing goods to the EU post-Brexit

When the UK leaves the EU there may be changes to UK-EU trade at the UK border

These changes may affect customs, tariffs, VAT, safety and security, documentation, vehicle standards, and controlled products. We've collated Government guidance on importing and exporting from and to the EU, so you can keep up-to-date on any implications for UK small businesses post-Brexit.

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU. Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. If the withdrawal agreement is not signed by the UK and the EU, the UK could still leave with no deal. Find out what you, your family, or your business need to do if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

This guidance is subject to change at any time, so please bookmark this page and take a look at it regularly for updates. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to receive regular Brexit updates straight to your inbox.

To keep your products moving across the border, you’ll need to register for an EORI number (UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number), decide if you want to hire an import-export agent, or make the declarations yourself and contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out what information they need to make the declarations for your goods, or if you will need to make them yourself.

Call the Brexit Import Export helpline if you require additional information: 0300 3301 331

Get your business ready to import from the EU to the UK after Brexit
What you need to do now to make sure you’re able to receive goods from the EU, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. What you need to do is different if you export goods or transport goods.

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Get your business ready to export from the UK to the EU after Brexit
What you need to do now to make sure you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU after Brexit.

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Temporary import tariff rates and quotas after no-deal Brexit
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you may need to pay different rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports into the UK from the EU and the rest of the world.
The temporary rates would be in place for up to 12 months. The government will then introduce a permanent tariff regime following a public consultation.

View non-preferential tariff rates and quotas


EORI numbers
An Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a unique customs ID for businesses. Get all the information you need about EORI numbers for importing and exporting goods post-Brexit.

Download the EORI mythbuster


Transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no-deal Brexit
Hauliers and commercial drivers will need the correct documentation to travel to, from or through the EU if the UK leaves without a deal. Download the handbook to view essential information for those who are transporting good betweek the UK and EU.

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