Brexit Update

The UK will officially leave the EU on the 31st of January 2020 at which point a transitional period until the end of 2020 will commence.

During this time negotiations regarding future trading agreements will take place and the existing free-trade deal arrangements will continue.

In the meantime, it is prudent to have in place the systems and details that were advised in 2019, as detailed below.

We will work closely with our customers and partners as more information is known during the course of 2020.  Please contact your Phoenix Freight representative If you would like to discuss further.

Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI)

Please register for a UK EORI number

This normally takes 3-4 workings days for HMRC to confirm the application and provide your EORI number by email.

Transitional Simplified Procedures

HMRC have issued “Transitional Simplified Procedures” to make it easier for the import of goods from the EU if a free trade deal is not agreed, to access this option you will be expected to register for these procedures but it is not compulsory.

Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for customs will make importing easier for an initial period of one year, should we leave the EU without a deal, to allow businesses time to prepare for usual import processes.

If businesses are registered for TSP, they will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border. Businesses can register for TSP if they:

  • Have an EORI number / Are established in the UK / Are importing goods from the EU into the UK.

Commercial Invoice

Please ensure the Commercial Invoice contains the following information:

  • Full name, address and contact details of the Shipper and Consignee
  • Include both Shipper and Consignee EORI numbers
  • Quantity, gross and net weight of goods
  • Number and type of packages
  • Values of goods, currency and Incoterms
  • Country of origin
  • Customs Commodity Codes

Links to supporting guidance

British International Freight Association

EORI Number:

Commodity Codes:


Simplified import procedures:

Declaring your goods at Customs:

‘No deal’ Brexit advise: