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Important changes from January 1, 2021

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Do you occasionally ship goods to the United Kingdom? Be aware of new requirements at the border. From January 1, 2021, free movement of goods between the UK and the Netherlands will be restricted, and a customs declaration will be required. This can delay your shipment by at least one day.

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Brexit

Important changes from January 1, 2021

Lees deze pagina in het Nederlands

Do you occasionally ship goods to the United Kingdom? Be aware of new requirements at the border. From January 1, 2021, free movement of goods between the UK and the Netherlands will be restricted, and a customs declaration will be required. This can delay your shipment by at least one day.

Download the checklist

What is going to change?

Apply for a EORI number

Business shipping to the UK involves a little more. In order to continue to ship goods to the UK, you as a business shipper must apply for a special EORI number (customs number) from the UK government. Information on how to apply for this number can be found on the website of the British government.

Customs information

Goods shipping to countries outside the European Union (EU) are always checked by customs. Starting January 1, shipments to the UK must have a completed customs form and a correct shipping label. Shipments without this information will not be accepted.

Customs clearance costs

When you submit a declaration, British customs charges a clearance fee. If you’re not shipping for business, a goods value exemption of up to £ 39 applies. If you are shipping for business, you will pay VAT to the UK tax authorities for goods valued up to £ 135. Import duties may also be charged for higher value shipments. These are for the account of the UK recipient.

Prepare your shipment online

UK customs want to know which goods are entering the country before they arrive. By preparing shipments online, we can share the necessary customs information well in advance. This will help expedite a smooth delivery.

Shipping for business

Are you preparing your shipment with Mijn PostNL or our API? This automatically proceeds seamlessly once you have adjusted your systems. Each system has different requirements, so be sure to find the information you need on our developers portal.

Note: Customs requirements can be stricter when shipping on behalf of your company.

Not shipping for business

Not shipping commercially? Prepare and pay your shipment online on jouw.postnl.nl. Shipping labels and customs information are printed at your nearest PostNL-punt.

UK shipping rates

Shipping rates to the UK could change starting January 1, 2021. This is still being negotiated; we will keep you informed.