As soon as the UK is no longer part of the EU customs union, all shipments to and from the UK will require customs handling. To do that, every customer needs a so-called EORI number that can be requested at your country-specific customs office.
As an example, German customers can use the following links:
German Link for EORI number
English Link for EORI number
For imports into the UK, the British government has also introduced “Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs,” a new registration process for customers with EORI numbers that is intended to make it easier to import into the UK. Once registered, you will be able to import your goods into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border and will be able to postpone paying your import duties.
More information is available on the official HM Revenue & Customs website on Brexit preparations for businesses.
In general, it is advisable to take account of all your shipments to and from the UK, as well as considering possible impacts within your supply chain. The British government already put out extensive information to guide your import/export processes in case of a Hard Brexit.
Please also check in advance which Harmonized System (HS) codes your shipments will include. Websites such as Foreign-Trade.com can help you identify the HS codes you need.
If you require high speed transport solutions, it is advisable to prepare for the eventuality of a Hard Brexit now, as capacities are becoming increasingly scarce. Contact our Brexit team or customer hotline if you require more detailed information!