Is your business experiencing challenges with what you need to do now the transition period is over?

Ensure your customs declarations are compliant to avoid unnecessary delays and extra costs.  

We are here to assist you every step of the way. 

Although a trade deal is in place, customs formalities are still needed for all UK/EU shipments.

Below is a checklist of what you will need:

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers are required if a company wishes to export to or import from the EU after the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020.

If you have not yet registered for your EORI number, please follow the link:

Commodity codes identify your products for import and export and have to be declared on a customs entry. Commodity codes classify goods for import and export so you can:

• Fill in declarations and other paperwork

• Check if there’s duty or VAT to pay

• Find out about duty reliefs

Check your commodity codes: Commodity Codes

Put simply, a CPC code (Customs Procedure Code) identifies the reason why you are importing or exporting. The code describes the purpose of your shipment, which in turn directly determines how your shipment is processed and ultimately, if, how, when and from whom duties and taxes are collected.

To check your commodity codes please use these links:


The UK is introducing Postponed VAT Accounting for VAT registered businesses in 2021. If you opt to use this scheme, there will no longer be the need to pay Import VAT and then claim it back from HMRC. Instead, you will declare your Import VAT in your next VAT return with a ‘reverse charge’ offset.

If you import goods regularly, you can apply for a duty deferment account to delay paying most customs charges (i.e. Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Import VAT)

To apply for a Duty Deferment Account, please follow this link: Apply

If you do not want to apply for a Duty Deferment Account, Delamode can offer a deferment service as part of our customs clearance offering. Please email us for more information:

Should you want to avoid the risks and complexity of being responsible for your own custom clearance’s declarations we are here for you.

Delamode can perform the custom declaration on your behalf. You will simply need to complete a “Customs Clearance Agent to act as a Direct representative” form which can be downloaded below.

This document must be submitted on your company letterhead and lodged with your local Delamode office or email to:

Download Form

To help ensure you are as best prepared as you can be for the 1st January use our health check to help:

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