Brexit Update

On the 31st of January 2020, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, large numbers of UK businesses will be expected to apply the same procedures for EU shipments that exist when trading with the rest of the world.

At the present time, processes for trading with countries outside the EU, goods are not discharged from customs control until a full import declaration is made and any outstanding vat/duty amounts owed are settled.

We would like to assure all Customers that Phoenix are well positioned to deal with these significant changes. Phoenix already operate road freight services from/to Non-EU Conutries, arranging Customers clearance at port of entry and our Customs approved ETSF facility at our Basildon terminal. We wish to share with you some recent updates.

Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI)

In order to continue trading with an EU business 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 now issued “Transitional Simplified Procedures” to make it easier for the import of goods from the EU after the 31st of January 2020 (subject to No deal being agreed), to access this option you will be expected to register for these procedures as from 7th February 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: