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BREXIT Update - February 28th 2019


With a month to go, a BREXIT deal has yet to be finalised leaving the possibility of "no deal" as an outcome.

OCS Worldwide has been preparing for this eventuality and will be able to continue to support customers distribution requirements within the EU without interruption.

Customers who have been despatching exclusively to the EU in the past, will now need an EORI number. This number is a code which identifies your business to HMRC and is included in any export or import customs declarations we made on your behalf. EORI stands for Economic Operator Registration and Identification number and can be obtained in a few days. For more information and to register please visit https://www.gov.uk/eori.

As the deadline approaches, and if necessary, we will circulate more information about changes to parcel documentation and the functionality of our online parcel processing software, Selfship. Changes will be uncomplicated and align requirements with those currently in place for the despatch of parcels to destinations outside the EU. Pro-forma invoices will be generated from the information provided which should be detailed, show the accurate value of the goods, and include the consignee VAT number and commodity (HS) code if available. Accurate descriptions with commodity codes ensure any taxes due are calculated at the correct rate. In the event of "no deal" shippers are reminded that goods sent to EU countries may incur Duty and/or VAT at destination, normally collected from the consignee. Provision of the consignee VAT number may allow commercial consignees in some EU countries to account for import VAT directly through their local VAT returns. DDP services, where all taxes are recharged to the shipper in the UK, are available on request.

As free circulation of UK goods within the EU may no longer be possible, certain goods may be subject to special licenses, permits or restrictions not previously applied. Shippers should be satisfied that the goods being sent are not prohibited or restricted in the country of destination.

Please be assured that OCS Worldwide is working for you for a smooth transition, whatever the outcome. For more information on preparations for BREXIT please contact OCS Customer Service and one of our BREXIT team will get in touch.