Information about Brexit for business clients

As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community.  
Pursuant to the exit agreement, Union law will still apply to the United Kingdom and in the United Kingdom during a "transition period" until 31 December 2020. 
Effective 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the EU customs union. 
If no new trade agreement is ratified by 31 December 2020 and if the transition period is not extended, all trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union will be subject to the rules defined by the World Trade Organization (WTO), starting 1 January 2021.

Registering for an EORI number (Economic Operator's Registration and Identification)

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement, you as a business that trades between the United Kingdom and the EU must register for an EORI number in both customs areas. This will allow you to continue trading. 

Value-added tax
As of 1 January 2021, senders who sell merchandise worth 135 GBP or less to the United Kingdom will be responsible for collecting and paying British value-added tax applicable to these deliveries. The value-added tax should be collected at the place of sale and paid via the British value-added tax registration to the HMRC.
For merchandise sold in Great Britain at a price of more than 135 GBP, the importer shall remain responsible for paying British value-added tax. Importers can pay this tax via deferred VAT bookkeeping or via a customs registration.

Commercial invoices
If you send items across a customs border, you need to include a commercial invoice that will serve as the basis for your customs declaration. After 31 December 2020, this will probably apply to all items sent between the United Kingdom and the EU. 
https://www.gov.uk/prepare-to-import-to-great-britain-from-january-2021

Therefore we would like to inform you about the following changes valid from 1 January 2021.

 

1) Required customs documents

International Letter Mail and International Parcels
To avoid delivery delays, we recommend treating items to the UK as items sent to third countries, starting 28 December 2020. For letter mail and parcels with merchandise, we therefore recommend including the required customs documents in English starting 28 December 2020.
Link to customs form 
Please note that starting 1 January 2021, electronic data registration is required for all merchandise sent to third countries!

Post Express International
Please note that a commercial invoice needs to be included for items sent to third countries.
Link to Post Express online consignment note

 

2) Price adjustments

International Letter Mail:
In the future, the UK will be treated as a third country and will be assigned to the "rest of Europe" zone. Rates for international letter mail will not change.
 

International Parcel Light
The UK will move from zone 1 (EU) to zone 2


Product
 
Weight up to Rate in € zone 1 (EU) until 31.12.2020 Rate in € zone 2 as of 1.1.2021
boxable 2 kg 8.93 9.53
non boxable 2 kg 13.93 14.93
non boxable 4 kg 15.28 20.58
non boxable 10 kg 19.28 29.58
non boxable 20 kg 29.29 49.58
non boxable 31.5 kg 39.39 69.58

 

International Parcels
The UK will move from zone 1 (EU) to zone 2

Weight up tp Rate in € zone 1 (EU) until 31.12.2020 Rate in € zone 2 as of 1.1.2021
1 kg 14.28 16.58
2 kg 16.28 20.58
4 kg 19.28 28.58
10 kg 29.28 49.58
20 kg 49.39 89.58
31.5 kg 69.39 129.58

 

Post Express International
The UK will move from zone 1b to zone 2:

Weight up to Zone 1b (EU) Zone 2
1 kg 45.57 40.97
2 kg 50.97 48.47
3 kg 56.37 55.97
4 kg 61.77 63.47
5 kg 67.17 70.97

6 kg

72.57 78.47
7 kg 77.97 85.97
8 kg 83.37 93.47
9 kg 88.77 100.97
10 kg  94.17 108.47
11 kg 99.57 115.97
12 kg 104.97 123.47
13 kg 110.37 130.97
14 kg 115.77 138.47
15 kg 121.17 145.97
16 kg  126.57 153.47
17 kg 131.97 160.97
18 kg 137.37 168.47
19 kg 142.77 175.97
20 kg 148.17 183.47
21 kg 153.57 190.97
22 kg 158.97 198.47
23 kg 164.37 205.97
24 kg 169.77 213.47
25 kg 175.17 220.97
26 kg 180.57 228.47
27 kg 185.97 235.97
28 kg 191.37 243.47
29 kg 196.77 250.97
30 kg 202.17 258.47
31 kg 207.57 265.97
31.5 kg  212.97  273.47 

 

3) Changes to dimensions for International Parcel Light and International Parcel

Dimensions Until 31.12.2020 As of 1.1.2021

Weight

31.5 kg 30 kg
Max. girth 360 cm 300 cm
Max. length 200 cm 150 cm

 

Please note that this is a non-binding information. As of 16.11.2020