Helping Reduce the Impact of Brexit on your Supply Chain

All shipments between the UK and the EU will need some form of customs process at origin and destination after 31st December 2020.

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.

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.

Latest On Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.

The UK and the EU approved the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated in December 2019 at the end of January 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, the UK entered a transitional period to run from February 1st 2020 until December 31st 2020. During this period, there will be no changes in trading agreements between the EU and the UK Although the UK has left the EU, the current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transitional period.

What happens after December 31st 2020?

From 1st January 2021 all shipments moving between the UK and the EU will need customs declarations at both origin and destination and all goods will be subject to Duty and VAT at importation.
The UK & EU are conducting trade negotiations to conclude a Free Trade Agreement. The outcome of these negotiations may impact on the level of duty and taxes paid on trade between the UK and the EU.
Trade with Northern Ireland will be subject to different rules. Negotiations between the UK and the EU are in progress to define the new customs requirements.
All companies trading with the EU should now start preparing for this change. Detailed guidance can be found by following the links at the bottom of the webpage.
Agility’s existing customs approvals and UK and European infrastructure can streamline the customs clearance and supporting processes for all of our customers.