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Brexit effects on Finnlines services

Updated October 2020

The UK has left the EU. The transition period will end December 31, 2020. A

fter this date, cargo moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control.

This means that import and export declarations will be required for all goods.

Everyone should now prepare for the fact that the UK’s new status in Europe will require more paperwork and all importers and exporters need to be prepared for the new rules and regulations.

Due to the new rules and regulations, you should be prepared to provide at least following information in addition to basic details:

  • (Contact) details of any agent responsible for making declarations for or on behalf of the exporter or importer
  • Clear and precise description of goods
  • Number of packages and package type
  • Exact weight of the cargo in the cargo unit
  • Taric (HS) codes, minimum 6 digits
  • Copies of any required customs documents (e.g. export declaration, transit document)
  • Customs seal numbers, if applicable

Please note the closing time for delivering customs documents varies in different locations, so contact your local Finnlines Customer Service for more details.

Please also note that if a cargo unit has uncleared customs documents, it will not be shipped until all documents are cleared by local Customs.

EORI number needed for Shipper + Consignee (EU+UK) 

Please note you might need to register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI) in your country’s customs website to be able to submit export or import declarations to Customs. If you do not have one or don´t wish to clear the cargo yourself, please engage a customs broker or agent.

Imports to EU+UK

Finnlines will provide import details (eg import MRN-numbers) to importers for customs clearance.

Please declare your import cargo with local Customs and take care of Duty and VAT.

Please note in UK Duty and VAT is to be paid upon arrival, unless the importer has an authorised duty deferment account.

The cargo can only then be released from the port when cargo has been customs cleared (either with import clearance or transit documents) and Duty and VAT handled.

Cargo can be released from the terminal without Duty and VAT if still in transit to final destination.