Brexit Update: UK-EU sign Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

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Brexit Update: UK-EU sign Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

The UK and EU have reached a Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which sets new terms of trade from the 1st of January 2021.

A new customs border is now in place between the UK and EU where people and goods crossing this customs border may be subject to additional checks. Amazon is no longer able to move your goods across the UK/EU border. Pan-EU transhipments, cross-border fulfilment through EFN, and cross-border returns between the UK and EU have now stopped. To protect your sales, Amazon recommends that you send inventory to fulfilment centres in both the UK and EU. If you plan to move goods across the UK/EU border, you must ensure you meet the customs requirements for cross-border shipping in order to avoid delays.

The requirements for cross-border shipping include the following:

  1. Registering for VAT in countries in which you are storing products.
  2. Getting EORI numbers – if you are using FBA, you will need at least 2 EORI numbers (1 for UK and 1 for EU if you are importing products in the UK and EU). If you are an MFN seller, you may only need 1 EORI number to do so (UK for UK sellers and EU for EU sellers).
  3. Identifying the correct Harmonised System (HS) Codes for your goods and determining the level of duties that will apply to your products.
  4. Providing the country of origin (COO) information for your goods.
  5. Ensuring you’re ready to comply with both UK and EU product compliance, conformity marking, and labelling requirements (for example, marking your products with both CE and UKCA). In addition, gathering any necessary product compliance documentation.
  6. Obtaining consent from EU IP rights owners (if required).
  7. Deciding how to handle customs declarations, and engaging a Customs Broker where relevant.

In order for products to benefit from the zero tariffs, they must meet the specific rules of preferential origin established in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) signed between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland (NI), please work with your carrier to check the requirements that apply to you and ensure compliance.

FBA PREP POLAND will continue to monitor and inform you of any updates on the UK government guidance on Brexit.

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