UK/EU Customs Checks


As a ‘third country’, UK exporters to the EU after Brexit may in future be required to make customs declarations.

Your business should consider

What customs procedures do you comply with for trade with non-EU markets?

Are you ready, if the need arises, to apply these to imports from or exports to the EU? 

Resources and information

HMRC has published an information pack to help businesses plan ahead plan for the contingency of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. 

To register for the HMRC’s EU Exit update service for future guidance and updates: on GOV.UK, search for ‘HMRC videos, webinars and email alerts’, click to register to get business help and education emails, enter your email and select ‘EU Exit’.

See the UK Government's technical notice on trading with the EU if there's no Brexit withdrawal agreement.

See the UK Government's technical notice on exporting controlled goods if there's no Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Arrangements for importers or exporters, using roll on roll off ports or the Channel Tunnel to transport goods between the EU and the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

HMRC have released a short video on what to consider when importing or exporting goods from the EU to the UK in a no deal EU Exit.

Potential delays at UK/EU border

With potential customs checks between the UK and the EU, there may be delays at the border.

Your business should consider

  • The potential of customs checks to cause delays at the border will depend on how new policies are implemented in practice: customs checks are typically risk-based rather than universal. As yet there no details on how enforcement might be executed in practice.
  • How resilient is your supply chain to potential border delays?
  • Do any contracts you have include penalties for late delivery? You may want to discuss with your logistics provider whether you would require new arrangements.
  • Do you need to increase your inventory and/or buy additional storage space?

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