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How does Brexit affect my EU shipments? [Updated]

How does Brexit affect my EU shipments? [Updated]

By James Barnes, March 22nd 2019

Update 27th January 2020: Brexit will be coming into effect at 11pm on Friday the 31st of January. While the UK will technically be leaving the EU, nothing will immediately change with the way you use Despatch Bay or send parcels. The UK will be entering a transitional period during which we will abide by EU rules despite no longer being a member.

Update 1st November 2019: As of the date of this update, the new deadline for Brexit is slated for 31st January 2020. 

Update 11th April 2019: As of the date of this update, the new deadline for Brexit is slated for 31st October 2019. With Brexit still being subject to a deal passing through any time up to that deadline, the advice in this article still stands true. On top of that, should the UK decide not to hold European elections in May, the UK will leave on the 1st June 2019 without a deal. Until then however, we will be rolling out our Automatic Pre-filled Customs Forms feature in the coming weeks for your convenience.

Original Article 22nd March 2019:

With the Brexit deadline approaching (at the time of writing is 12th April 2019), you might be wondering "How does Brexit affect me if I send parcels outside the UK?". Well, there are some things you will need to bear in mind to ensure your parcels arrive at their destination abroad safe and sound, without issue.

Customs Forms

If you have sent internationally and outside of the EU before, you will be familiar with CN23 Customs Declaration Forms. These forms are completed by senders to disclose exactly what is being sent, who is sending it, who it's being sent to, and that the necessary taxes are applied. If done correctly, then it means parcels can breeze through Customs.

Brexit and Your Parcels

Until Brexit happens, people sending from the UK to the EU have not needed to use the CN23 forms. However, after leaving, every parcel you send parcels must include one. This means that if your parcel doesn't have one there could be delays, parcels being misrouted, or it could even be sent back to you at your expense.

What You Need to Do

We understand that this might be daunting, especially if you have never had to do this before; and let's face it, no one enjoys extra paperwork.

This is why before Brexit comes into effect, we'll be rolling out a brand new feature that makes it so labels produced for all of your international parcels by Despatch Bay will come with a pre-populated CN23 form – and we think this will be a huge time-saver for a lot of people.

There will only be a few extra details that you will need to fill in on the form, such as quantities, tariff codes / categories, and your signature; but we have a helpful guide to help you with this part. Once those steps are done, you can attach the form in a clear documentation wallet alongside the label.

Rest assured

We hope that this update helps address any concerns you might have for your international / EU shipments. If you have any further questions about the effects of Brexit on your shipping, please get in touch with our support team, who will be more than happy to assist you.