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BREXIT INFO - updated 2.1.2021

Dolphi Transport

BREXIT INFO - updated 2.1.2021

Updated 02/01/2021

Important! The information below is extremely important for understanding the changes that have occurred since 1.1.2021 during the transport of shipments from the UK to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is the responsibility of the consignee of the consignment to familiarize himself with the current customs regulations in the country where the consignment is directed. Dolphi Transport assumes no responsibility for incorrect or incomplete completion of the forms required for the customs procedure. Please read until the end of the article.

As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU, it has left the customs union and the single market. On 24.12.2020 it was announced that the UK and the EU managed to agree on the so-called Free Trade Agreement. What does this mean for you?

The agreement ensures that no tariffs or quotas will be applied to trade between the UK and the EU, as long as the contents meets all the necessary ‘rules of origin’ requirements. That is certainly good news. The worse is that there has been more bureaucracy and "paperwork" in trade between the UK and the EU, which we have not had to deal with so far. Specifically, it will be the customs clearance of each shipment.

What is customs clearance and why must it be done if no duties are applied?

As the UK is no longer a member of the customs union, any goods that enter the EU must go through customs (customs clearance) - a process in which the amount of duty and VAT (so-called customs debt) are determined by the value of the consignment, which must be paid by the consignee in the EU. Under the UK-EU agreement, no duty will be paid (as long as the contents meets all the necessary ‘rules of origin’ requirements), but VAT will.
It is important to note that the consignee is responsible for paying customs debt assessed by the customs administration. The non-acceptance of a consignment by the consignee for whom a customs debt has been levied, or the non-payment of such a customs debt, may mean that the consignment may be returned to the consignor at the consignor's expense (or may be officially disposed of) and the customs debt may be recovered from the consignee.

If the customer is a company, a VAT payer in the EU, he will pay VAT when the consignment is cleared through customs, but subsequently he can claim VAT in his VAT return.

Unfortunately, for individual persons - non-entrepreneurs and companies - who do not pay VAT, it is also necessary to pay VAT and it is not possible to recover it in any way. It is also necessary to count on a fee for customs clearance of the shipment.

An exception to the above is if the value of the shipment does not exceed 22EUR. In this case, neither VAT nor customs duty is payable. Up to the limit of 22EUR, only the value of the goods in the shipment is counted, not postage.

VAT is not paid even if the sender and recipient are a private person, the shipment is non-commercial, the reason for export is stated as a "gift" and its value does not exceed 45EUR. If the total value of a consignment is more than 45EUR and the consignment consists of two or more pieces of goods, relief shall be granted up to that amount to goods which, if imported separately, would be exempt. However, the value of a single item cannot be split into multiple parts.
Example: in the consignment there will be, e.g. a hairdryer with a value of 30EUR and a sweater with a value of 50EUR. Even if the total value of the shipment is above the exemption limit (i.e. above 45EUR), it is possible to exempt the hair dryer with a value of 30EUR from VAT and only the sweater will be subject to VAT.

WARNING: The higher the value of the shipment, the higher the VAT the recipient will pay.

When moving from the UK to the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, VAT may be waived provided that the consignment contains only items that the moving person has owned for at least 6 months and has resided in the country from which he moves, ie in the UK for at least 12 months. They must also be non-consumable items. VAT exemption does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and tobacco products, means of transport for commercial purposes, articles for the exercise of a trade or profession, with the exception of portable instruments for the performing arts and the liberal professions.

In order for a shipment to be sent at all, we will need some information from you that you did not have to provide so far. First of all, it will be a detailed description of the contents of the shipment, ie. it is necessary to state each item in the shipment, the number of pieces, the value of individual items and especially the so-called HS codes. Please pay extra attention to this. More information on how to fill in the description of the contents of the shipment can be found in the Help when filling out the form. Please note that if you fill in incorrectly or incompletely, we will ask you to complete the information. Without this information, we will not pick up your shipment, or you will be asked by the customs administration in the territory of delivery to complete this information and the delivery of your shipment will be suspended.

So what services will Dolphi Transport offer from 1.1.2021?

1. Transport of consignments from the UK to the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in cooperation with external carriers (DPD and DHL)
2. Moving from the UK to the Czech Republic and Slovakia (will be launched during the month of January, the exact date will be specified)
3. Pallet transport from the UK to the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (will be launched during the month of January, the exact date will be specified)

A detailed description of the individual services is / will be described on our website.

We will no longer offer our classic services - standard and economy from 1.1.2021 and we have ended our cooperation with Toptrans. We also want to emphasize that the need to fill in data such as a detailed description of the contents of a consignment and HS codes is not our invention, but a legal obligation that every consignor (exporter) has when sending anything between the UK and the rest of the world. Any carrier who will operate transport between the UK and the EU is obliged to enclose a customs declaration with the consignment (it includes, among other things, HS codes), without it the consignment will not leave the country of the consignor at all.