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UK Exporting and Importing Post-Brexit

Customs declarations for exports and imports to and from Great Britain are now a mandatory requirement. On this page we will guide you through all the information that you need to provide. This information is crucial to ensure that your shipments are not delayed or queried.

The most important documents which allow us to process your customs declaration are


Important information

Your commercial invoice needs to show the required mandatory information to enable the export or import declaration to be completed correctly. Download our checklist to ensure that your Commercial Invoice includes no errors or omissions:

Download Checklist Commercial Invoice

Please note that the following goods cannot be transported to the UK on DB Schenker's standard system groupage freight solutions. For controlled goods being transported on FTL and LTL please contact your local branch.

  • Excise goods – hydrocarbons, fuels, alcohol and tobacco
  • Controlled drugs and precursors, toxic chemicals
  • Endangered species (CITES licensable goods)
  • Fishery products
  • Fertilisers
  • High risk plant and plant products
  • Explosives, firearms, fireworks, military licensable goods, mines, offensive weapons and torture equipment
  • Nuclear materials
  • Ozone depleting substances
  • Animal & Plant based Products

To trade between the EU and the UK you will need an Economic Operators Registration and Identification number. Find more information here.

As an exporter you need to ensure you comply with any special permits, licenses or checks that might be required for your goods. As an importer you need to confirm the commodity code so that the appropriate tariffs are paid. It is your responsibility as the exporter and/or importer of record to provide the commodity code to your customs agent.

You can find the codes in the EU TARIC or UK TARIFF.

At DB Schenker we believe the best way for you to ensure your shipment meets all customs requirements and minimise any delays to the delivery of your goods is to use one provider for your customs compliance and the freight. We are well placed to handle this for you and act as your Direct Representative for customs shipments.Before we can perform declarations on your behalf, we need your authority to do so.

Please check the details below, so you can ensure you have everything in place for us to provide you the customs and shipping services you need:

The Incoterm is an agreement between seller & buyer intended primarily to clearly communicate the

  • Tasks
  • Costs
  • Risks

associated with the global or international transportation and delivery of goods.


Download Incoterms® 2020

It's a deal – and we can deal with it

Why use DB Schenker as your transportation provider and customs broker door-to-door:

  • Resources – DB Schenker in the UK has 250 colleagues in the Customs Brokerage Team
  • Productivity – Our Brokers process up to 1,500 shipments per day
  • Cost Effective – No additional third-party customs agent fees or storage charges incurred
  • Quicker – DB Schenker processes shipments up to 2.5 days quicker than a third-party agent
  • Smoother – Less disruption and all escalations resolved within 48 hours
  • Complete Solution – DB Schenker manages the whole process end to end

Contact our UK based Customs Team directly:
gb.sm.ess-Customs@dbschenker.com

Or for an sales inquiry contact:
Julie.Heard@dbschenker.com

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As of February 2022 – this information is supplied without liability.