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BREXIT & CUSTOMS: Import and Export solutions delivered!

Since January 1st 2021, the United-Kingdom has left the European Union and customs formalities and Safety and security filings have become mandatory for both import and export operations.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement concluded between the European Union and the United-Kingdom is provisionally applicable since 1 January 2021, after having been agreed by EU and UK negotiators on 24 December 2020.


The Agreement sets out preferential arrangements in different areas such as trade in goods and in services, digital trade, intellectual property, aviation and road transport, energy, fisheries... to provide a solid basis for preserving our longstanding friendship and cooperation.

The EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement is composed by:

Despite the Agreement, customs formalities and security filings are required on all goods crossing the borders between the United-Kingdom and the European Union and for all goods moved between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Are you ready for BREXIT?

Changes caused by Brexit will impact your business processes. To minimize these impacts, we advise you to make an audit of your situation. Asking the right questions can help you find the right solutions!

  • What is the origin of the customs of your goods? Associated with the customs classification, it allows, among other things, to determine duties and taxes.
  • Are your goods subject to restrictions? Are they subjects to Phytosanitary controls?
  • Do you know how to determine the customs Value of Goods (there is different calculation methods)? Combined with the classification and the Origin, the Value of goods allows you to know the number of duties and value-added tax.
  • Have you determined the Incoterms® for your trade?
  • Have you chosen the mode of transportation, and who will transport your goods?
  • Do you have your EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number?
  • Have you determined who will be in charge of your customs import or export customs declarations?

Rules of Origin for goods moving between EU & UK

The rules of origin requirements are one of the most important subjects to understand and comply with. Preferential origin confers tariff benefits on goods traded between countries that have agreed on a reciprocal arrangement. To benefit from zero tariffs, goods have to comply with the Rules of Origin defined in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.


The EU-UK agreement allows free customs duties on all goods originating in the other Party. "To export tariff-free, goods must meet the UK-EU preferential rules of origin".

This applies to EU origin goods imported and moving through the UK from a Member State to another European Union Member State, as well as goods imported from the Rest of the World. "Preferential tariffs are only given to goods that originate in the UK or EU and not from third countries".

Need help with your customs formalities?

To avoid any unnecessary delays at the border, a Registered Customs Representative such as QUALITAIR&SEA can carry out, on your behalf, your customs formalities.

As an intermediary between our client and the customs authorities, we ensure compliance with the regulations, provide you with our customs monitoring tools, and propose you process improvement adapted to your specific needs.

Our BREXIT offices

QUALITAIR&SEA has recently integrated new BREXIT offices at the main entry and exit points of the EU in order to carry out your customs formalities.

  • QUALITAIR&SEA Calais Port (France)
  • QUALITAIR&SEA Calais Tunnel (France)
  • QUALITAIR&SEA Dunkerque Ferry (France)
  • QUALITAIR&SEA Le Havre (France)

Preparation, anticipation, and follow-up!

QUALITAIR&SEA takes care of your customs declaration then archives your documents on its digital tracking and piloting tools, accessible 24/7 via secured access.


Need assistance?

Our customer service is available 24/7 by e-mail or by phone to answer your questions and give you assistance.

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