Implications of the Trade Deal

On 24th of December the EU/UK agreed a post-Brexit trade deal. What this means in detail still needs to be clarified and our teams at DB Schenker are working on it. In the short term, however, it is important to remember that the trading relationship between the EU and UK will change at the end of the transition period and from 1st of January new rules will apply.

  • Customs declarations will be required.
  • Commercial Invoices are required which contain information required for customs clearance.
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  • As an exporter you are responsible for identifying and notifying Controlled Goods into IPAFFS in the UK or TRACES NT for shipments to the EU 24 hours before they reach the boarder.
  • As an exporter you are responsible for identifying and obtaining licenses and permits for goods where appropriate - for example Dual Use Goods.
  • Goods traveling into and out of the UK to the EU must be on packaging that conforms to ISPM15.
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  • Safety and Security declarations will be required. This will be looked after by DB Schenker on behalf of our customers.
  • Importers will need to make provision to pay VAT. The way this is done depends on local country rules.
  • Shipments to Ireland (although still in the EU) will require a Commercial Invoice so that the appropriate Transit documentation can be created.

Whilst no one can foresee the impact of border controls it is likely that delays will occur at the boarders from January 1st. We will, of course, be working hard to minimize any impact on delivery times and your preparations to ensure the above details are complete will help us do this. 


As of December 30, 2020 – this information is supplied without liability.