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null Simplified customs formalities after Brexit

The UK formally left the EU on 31st January 2020. With the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020, customs formalities became compulsory. Regardless of what the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement outlines, customs formalities are required for all goods crossing the borders between the EU and the UK.

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​​​​​​Make customs clearance a seamless experience for you

To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border, or hampered deliveries, Kuehne+Nagel offers expert guidance and customs services – so your shipments keep on moving.

As a nominated trusted partner towards the UK Government, we can provide latest insights and detailed advice to our customers to ease the pain of applying new customs provisions. Kuehne+Nagel will help you to ensure that your cargo is shipped and cleared in a complete and compliant manner. 

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EU and UK customs easements post-Brexit

Even with the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement in place, all movements of goods between both blocks are subject to customs procedures.

To simplify customs formalities, the UK government has introduced a “staged approach” for imports into the UK until 30th June 2021. UK importers have the opportunity to enter non-controlled goods under the so-called Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP), which offsets the need for a full frontier declaration. In addition, traders are able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, whereby import VAT only has to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of the entry into the UK.

If goods comply with the Rules of Origin (RoO), zero tariffs and quotas are applicable on both EU and UK entries. The importer is obliged to prove the preferential origin with a “Statement on origin” provided by the exporter, alternatively with records fulfilling the criteria defined by “Importers knowledge”.


We manage your shipments both ways. Here is what we need to submit your exports and imports declarations:

To authorise Kuehne+Nagel to act as your direct representative for completion of customs declarations (only needs to be completed once).

The Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a prerequisite for customs clearance of goods in the EU and the UK.

If the shipper creates the export declaration independently, provide the Movement Reference Number (MRN) of the Export Accompanied Document (EAD) – to be inserted in the transport order – and handover the export accompanying document to Kuehne+Nagel.

Stating terms & conditions, value, quantity and description of goods. Customs duties and valued added tax are calculated based on the value of goods and currency.

Harmonised classification code of the goods.

Concise description of the goods in local language, including gross/net weight and number/type of packaging.

Value of goods and currency to calculate the customs duties and import tax.

Agreed delivery terms with your business partners, as they define next to the organisation of transportation, who is responsible for organizing customs clearance and associated costs.

Inform which UK import procedure will be used based on the UK Border Operating Model (BOM). The option needs to be confirmed and initiated prior to the EU export. If Kuehne+Nagel is not commissioned to prepare the full import declaration, provide the Entry Number (ENO) in the transport order.

Up to a value of EUR 6,000: preferential statement on the commercial invoice is accepted. As of EUR 6,000: exporters need to apply for registered exporter status (REX).

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