What happens after the transition period?

The impact of the future relationship on cross-border parcel volumes will depend on the nature of the UK’s future trading relationships, and what future EU/UK customs and VAT arrangements look like. We are working to ensure the smooth flow of mail across borders. We are well placed to manage the impact of changes to customs processing.

You can find more about the Governments plans on the Government’s website on the transition.

 

Sending items abroad

At the end of the transition period, the EU may treat UK imports as it does non-EU imports today. You can find out more about customs and sending items abroad for businesses and non-businesses here. The UK government has also issued a notice for international postal users on gov.uk- search for "notice 143: a guide for international post users".

For more information on exporting to other countries, please see our dedicated country guides.

 

Receiving items from abroad

At the end of the transition period, the UK may treat EU imports as it does non-EU imports today. You can find out more about customs and receiving items from abroad for businesses and non-businesses here.

The UK government has announced further changes to the current rules for VAT on parcels. You can find out more in HMRC’s policy paper on changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1st January 2021.

Last updated on 10 August 2020