Shipping from UK to EU and Europe: Essential Information

Key Changes After Brexit:

As of January 1, 2021, shipping from the UK to EU countries requires additional customs documentation and may incur new fees. Here's what you need to know:

Required Documentation

  1. Customs Declaration Form: All shipments now require a customs declaration.
  2. Commercial Invoice: For items with commercial value.
  3. Pro-forma Invoice: For gifts.
  4. EORI Number: Required for businesses shipping to the EU.
  5. HS/Commodity Codes: 8-digit codes to classify your goods.

VAT and Customs

  • VAT is now charged on all commercial goods shipped to the EU, regardless of value.
  • Customs duties apply to shipments valued above €150.

Tips for Smooth Shipping

  1. Provide clear, detailed item descriptions.
  2. Ensure accurate recipient contact information.
  3. Securely attach customs documents to your parcel.
  4. Allow extra time for deliveries due to customs processing.

Shipping Process

  1. Book a parcel delivery service.
  2. Complete the customs declaration form.
  3. Print and attach the shipping label and customs form to your parcel.
  4. Send your package.

Timeframes and Costs

  • Delivery typically takes 3-5 working days, but delays may occur due to customs.
  • Prices start from £1.85 but vary based on VAT, parcel size, and content.

Special Considerations

  • Northern Ireland remains part of the EU VAT area for goods.
  • Non-EU European countries (e.g., Norway, Switzerland) have different requirements.

Simplify Your Shipping with Megway Parcels

Megway Parcels offers comprehensive solutions to make your shipping to EU and Europe hassle-free:

  • Expert Guidance: Our experienced staff can help you navigate the complexities of post-Brexit shipping requirements.
  • Customs Documentation Assistance: We'll help you complete all necessary customs forms accurately, including commercial invoices and pro-forma invoices.
  • HS Code Lookup: Our team can assist you in finding the correct commodity codes for your items, ensuring smooth customs clearance.
  • Competitive Rates: As a parcel comparison service, we offer access to competitive shipping rates from top carriers like DHL, DPD, and FedEx.
  • Packaging Services: Our Northampton store provides professional packaging services to ensure your items are securely prepared for international shipping.
  • Tracking and Support: We offer reliable tracking services and customer support to keep you informed throughout the shipping process.
  • Multiple Shipping Options: Whether you need express delivery or more economical options, we can help you choose the best service for your needs.
  • EORI Number Assistance: For business customers, we can guide you through the process of obtaining and using an EORI number for EU shipments.

By choosing Megway Parcels, you can streamline your shipping process, save time on paperwork, and ensure your parcels reach their EU and European destinations efficiently and cost-effectively. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and our expertise in international shipping make us an ideal partner for all your post-Brexit shipping needs.