Arc Euro Trade Ltd.

Message from ARC to our customers in the European Union

1st January 2021

New customs rules and charges for shipments to the EU from 1st January 2021

With effect from 1st January 2021, new customs rules apply to goods shipped from the UK to the EU.

The good news for our EU customers is that they do not have to pay UK VAT with effect from 1st January 2021. That is the only good news. The bad news at present is as follows:

  1. Our couriers have to make an export entry to leave the UK, and they have to make an import entry in the destination country. At present, the couriers will charge us and all UK exporters a fee for making an export entry of between £2.50 to £4.50. They will charge the importer up to £13.00 to make an import entry in the country of destination.
  2. There will be a delay in export from the UK for around two to three days while the couriers prepare and lodge export entries with UK customs for all the consignments which are loaded in specific road trailers. After this procedure is completed the trailer will be allowed to enter the channel tunnel or get on a ferry into Europe.
  3. The shipping charges stated on our website for shipping into EU destinations include UK export entry charges (between £2.50 to £4.50) in addition to the road freight charges.
  4. Once the goods reach their destination, depending on the courier’s administration system in the country of import, they will contact the importer to ask them to pay the import entry charge (up to £13.00) and taxes - duty (for goods above a certain value) and local VAT in the destination EU state. Once this is paid, the goods will be delivered to the importer.