Helping Reduce the Impact of Brexit on your Supply Chain

Effective January 1st 2021 all shipments between the United Kingdom and the European Union require a customs process at origin and destination.

Important Update – Truck and van drivers from abroad who plan to be in the United Kingdom more than two days must get COVID tested in the UK, and then tested every three days thereafter. Potential delays to shippers to be expected. Stay updated here: Brexit Update

How will customs clearance on all shipments impact trading companies?

EORI Number

Some companies may have to apply for a EORI Number.

Customs Clearance

All imported and exported goods will require customs clearance at both origin and destination.

Country of Origin

Country of Origin must be mentioned on the Commercial Invoice

Commodity Codes

Companies will need to become familiar with customs commodity codes for imported or exported goods.

Fiscal Representative

Non resident traders who import and export will need to apply as a Fiscal Representative.

Government Duty and Taxes

Government Duty and taxes will be payable on a cash upfront or deferred basis.

Congestion at Border

Congestion at border entry and exit points are likely to occur.

Inventory Levels

Companies may wish to consider increasing their inventory levels in the short term to de-risk in the event of shipment delays.

Agility’s Solutions

Agility offers a wide range of solutions to reduce the impact of Brexit. With Agility’s existing infrastructure, skills and capabilities, we are well-positioned to support your trade between the UK and the EU, no matter the final outcome.


Agility is a member of BIFA (British International Freight Association) and UKWA (United Kingdom Warehouse Association) operating as a freight forwarder, customs broker and logistics provider.


Agility has representation at all the major airports/ ports in the UK and manages the customs clearance for thousands of shipments per annum.

Strategic Partners

Agility has representation through own or strategic partners in every EU country all with similar capabilities helping to provide continuity of service.

AEO and Customs Simplifications

Agility is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and is approved for customs simplifications. These approvals can support accelerated and or deferred customs clearances at the borders.

Duty & tax

Agility has a customer deferment facility for the payment of duty and taxes.

Fiscal representation

Agility can assist companies with the set up and administration in case of Fiscal Representation.

Agreement on the New EU-UK Partnership

The EU and UK negotiators reached an agreement on a new partnership on 24 December 2020. The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement sets out the new rules that will apply from 1 January 2021 in the relationship between the EU and the UK, in areas such as:

  • Trade in goods and services 
  • A level playing field, fisheries
  • Aviation and road transport
  • Social security
  • UK participation in EU programmes
  • Internal security

Trade with Northern Ireland is subject to different rules. Detailed guidance can be found by following the links below.
Agility’s customs approvals and UK and European infrastructure can streamline the customs clearance and supporting processes for all of our customers.