11 January 2021

Brexit Update

Since 1 January, the United Kingdom (UK) has officially become, by leaving the European Union, a customs country. This means that customs formalities apply to the movement of goods with the UK and so every shipper must provide the required documentation with each UK consignment. 

Mainfreight has had its first Brexit week. Unfortunately we notice that not all customers are equally well prepared for the Brexit and this presents us with major challenges. Because the documentation is often not complete, our crossdock is full of shipments that cannot be shipped to the UK and our employees are very busy collecting the right documentation to still be able to send the shipments.

We therefore make an urgent appeal to you as our customer. Before you book the shipment with us and deliver the data to us, please check that your invoice and packing list meet all the requirements to take care of the declaration of your goods. In order to know what information should be on your invoice and packing list, we have made a checklist below so you can check if everything is on your invoice:

Data shipper/exporter
  • Name, address, place of residence
  • EORI number
  • VAT number
Recipient / importer details
  • Name, address, place of residence
  • EORI number
  • VAT number
Description of the goods
  • preferably specific, not generic (e.g. only the description "spare parts" is not specific enough)
Value of goods
  • amount & corresponding currency
HS code(s)                                                        
  • Type & numbers / quantities of pallet type / boxes
  • Weights and dimensions: indicate gross and net weight separately (may also be indicated on the packing list) 
Country of origin / origin of goods


The checklist above can also be downloaded here so you can print it out and tick it off again with each shipment. If any of your details are missing, if your goods description is not correct, or if your documents reach us after 16.00 hours then unfortunately we will not be able to ship your shipment to the UK. Your shipment will then be delayed. 


We as Mainfreight are ready for it and will face the coming period with great confidence. The first shipments have successfully arrived and been handled in the UK. We have completely updated our Brexit website with the latest information. Here you will also find the enclosed Brexit presentation that answers the most frequently asked questions.  In addition, you can find more information about transport to customs countries on the website of the European Commission (trade.ec.europa.eu/access-to-markets/en/content).

Do you still have questions or would you like to talk further about the Brexit? Please contact your account manager or our customs team at brexit@nl.mainfreight.com.

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