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Is your business ready for Brexit?

On March 29th Great Britain is expected to leave the EU. If that happens with an exit agreement between EU and Great Britain, there will be no emergency. Without an agreement however, problems may be coming for Danish businesses. But do not worry, we will help you!

What is the difference between a soft or a hard Brexit?
An exit agreement with EU means a soft Brexit which means a transition period lasting until December 31st, 2020. During this period there will not be any changes for trading goods to and from Great Britain.

But if the agreement between Great Britain and EU does not go through, it will mean a hard Brexit, where customs formalities take effect immediately for all trade between EU-UK. This means that trade with Great Britain from March 30th, 2019 will be the same as trade with a third-party country without any free-trade agreement with EU. This will be the case for both import and export.

What are the consequences of a hard Brexit?
The businesses will need to pre-register goods with Import Entry Summaries. In addition, rules for security and protection upon export, reporting of transportation vehicles and goods upon arrival at EU and upon exit from EU. This means additionally, that the businesses must declare customs upon import and export, abide by import- and export restrictions and present security deposit for customs duties and other fees, before goods can be released into commerce.

Avoid problems with a hard Brexit
With our AEO-certificate you are ensured competent and comprehensive knowledge from our specialist team which can handle your imports and exports electronically.
What you as a business can do right now to be as prepared as possible is to submit a Customs Power of Attorney for DB Schenker. If you have provided one previously in connection with a customs clearance, you do not need to complete a new. Complete the form here and send to 
With a Power of Attorney, we can handle and assist you with all customs documents that may be necessary if it is a hard Brexit. This means, that you will be able to avoid unnecessary stops and delays in your trade and logistic flow.

You will also need an EORI-number, as clear identification of economic operator and other entity who is involved with Customs authorities. It must be used upon every interaction with Customs. If you do not already have one, you can apply for one by Erhvervsstyrelsen (Use your NemID to log on).

Additional information
If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the customs team by sending an email to or call +45 36869434. Read more here on our website or our British homepage where we are updating information regularly.

You can also

Danish Industry’s website
State department’s website
Skat’s website

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DB SCHENKERcustoms  - the checklist for your business.

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FAQ on Brexit and Customs.