New UK Global Tariff published - applicable from 1st Jan 2021

The UK has formally left the EU on the 31st January 2020 with a withdrawal deal. The UK is now in a transition period until 31st December 2020 during this period, the UK’s trading relationship remains the same whilst the UK and EU27 negotiate a trade deal which will shape the future trading arrangements from 1st January 2021. We strongly recommend that you continue to prepare for the possibilities that border checks and customs formalities comeback into effect at the end of the transition period. This includes ensuing your Company has an EORI Number, you know the commodity codes of your products, the incoterms under which the products are either sold or bought, and have appointed a Customs Agent to act upon your behalf. We would be delighted to assist and please do not hesitate getting in touch with our International Team

Concerned about the effect Brexit will have on your European distribution?

Bowker have been a major provider of International transport since 1961 meaning our International experience pre-dates Britain’s membership of the European Union (1973).


We have created a simple five-step guide to explain how your distribution may be effected by Brexit. You will be reassured, the process will remain very similar to current processes, replicating how jobs are booked and delivered currently to non-European counties. We hope you find the guide useful but if you do have any queries or specific questions about your business, please contact our International team.

Your company sends the order details to Bowker. This can be received via email/EDI/telephone. We require the country of origin, destination, product type, quantities and desired delivery dates.
You will need to provide Bowker with a commercial invoice which describes the goods you are exporting. This includes their value and commodity codes (even if the goods are 0 rated). We will also require your company’s EORI number (European Economic Operator Registration  and Identification number). If you don’t have one of these, you can apply for one from the HMRC.
Pre-clearance can then be made and the order can be prepared for shipping. Customs will view the invoice and charge customs clearance to clear your goods in the exporting country. The VAT registration number for the company you are shipping to is required. Currently for goods entering the UK from a NONE EU country VAT has to be paid on arrival in the UK  for customs clearance or  a  VAT deferment account used. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the government will introduce postponed accounting for import VAT on goods brought into the UK. This means that UK VAT registered businesses importing goods to the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return, rather than paying import VAT when the goods arrive at the UK border. This will apply to imports from the EU and non-EU countries. More information can be found here
Goods can then arrive at the UK port / European port. The shipment will be held until it’s cleared – the length of this process will be dictated by what is finalised in the Brexit agreement.
Order ready to be delivered, unless there is an inspection of goods.