With October 31st fast approaching, we understand that our customers will have questions regarding Brexit and how it will affect the shipment of parcels between the UK and EU countries.
We have been working closely with our courier partners and although there is still uncertainty over how the UK will be leaving the EU, Parcel Monkey has a strategy in place to respond to any changes required and keep your parcels moving whatever the outcome.
As soon as we have further information, we will share this with our customers. In the meantime, we’ve outlined what we know so far and what the potential outcomes could be in a deal or no-deal scenario.
On the 11th April this year, the EU agreed to extend the deadline for Brexit to October 31st 2019.
During this time, negotiations have been taking place to reach a deal. One of the objectives of this deal is to ensure the UK can continue to trade freely with the EU outside the EU’s Single Market.
To date, there has been no-deal made, so it is very much business as usual. Goods can still travel between the UK and the rest of the EU without the need for declarations or customs checks.
However, in preparation for Brexit, we’ve outlined how a deal or no-deal Brexit could affect the way you send parcels to EU destinations going forward.
If a deal is made before October 31st, the UK will leave the EU with a deal in place which will outline how we’ll trade with the EU going forward. The details of this deal are unknown at this stage, however, there will be a transition period, which will enable businesses to prepare for Brexit. During this time, trading will continue as normal. The transition period is likely to last until December 2020.
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, this could leave the UK trading with the EU under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, the same way we trade with other countries where we have no formal trade agreement.
How could a no-deal Brexit affect parcel deliveries to the EU?
If you’re an individual who sends a couple of parcels a year to family and friends in an EU country, you don’t need to do anything differently at the moment. We will update this page as and when we get more information, so for now just keep shipping as normal.
It is likely that both Brexit scenarios may result in the requirement for a customs declaration to be provided when shipping from the UK to the EU, but this is very simple and already included in our booking process for shipping to international destinations, like the USA, Australia and China. When we have more information on this, our booking process will be updated to ensure you remain compliant.
For eCommerce businesses, it’s best to have a strategy in place for both a deal and no-deal scenario. We will provide additional information for eCommerce businesses once a resolution has been reached, but for the time being, here are a few things you can do to prepare your eCommerce business for Brexit:
For more advice on how your business should prepare for exporting goods from the UK post-Brexit, visit https://www.gov.uk/prepare-export-from-uk-after-brexit
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