Are you ready for BREXIT?

Are you ready for BREXIT? Our below guide will help you decide.

Here at Alliance, we have increased our operational capacity and are offering free advice to customers.

Speculation surrounding the outcome of the BREXIT negotiations has hit critical point, and as such we are advising our customers to prepare for a hard, no-deal BREXIT.

To help you prepare, we have highlighted below the basic steps you need to take to ensure compliance with UK customs regulations. Anyone importing goods into the UK from the EU, or exporting goods to the EU from the UK, will have to comply with customs procedures, where these were not previously necessary.

Assess your readiness:

If your answer is “No” to any one of the below questions, you will need to take action now:

Do you have an EORI number?

Do you know your Commodity Codes?

Is your shipping department prepared to provide a commercial invoice and packing list for every shipment? (See below paperwork checklist for the type of information you will be required to provide)

No EORI Number? ACT NOW!

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need to get a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU after 29 March 2019.

It is a simple process to apply for the EORI number, however with BREXIT approaching fast, we are recommending that customers apply ASAP 

Apply for an EORI number here:

If you already have a UK EORI number, you need not take any action

Don’t know your commodity codes?

In the event of “no deal”, goods traded between the UK and the EU after 23h on 29 March 2019 will be subject to the same requirements as third country goods, including the payment of duty.

You will need to establish commodity codes for your goods which in turn allows HMRC and the EU to apply the correct duty rates to your shipments.

Commodity codes can be found on the UK Trade Tariff: 

Paperwork Checklist:

In the event that customs procedures are introduced at the border, the below will be required for ALL SHIPMENTS:

Is your shipping department prepared to provide a commercial invoice and packing list for every shipment? You will be required by law to provide the following information:

  • Importer
  • Exporter
  • Goods Description
  • Packaging Details
  • Incoterms
  • Weight
  • Sales value and currency
  • Country of Origin
  • EORI Number
  • Commodity Code


Alliance is now in its fifth decade of operation a feat of longevity that only serves to underscore the integrity and professionalism of the Group and the high esteem in which it is held by its clients and suppliers both in the United Kingdom and on a worldwide basis.

  • Depots across the UK
  • Global network of over 200 reciprocating agencies
  • Extensive “blue chip” export and import client base

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