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DPD Brexit Update

In December 2019, the UK Government agreed and voted for a new Brexit deal. On 29 January 2020, the European Parliament ratified the Brexit withdrawal agreement that had been agreed earlier in January by the UK Parliament.

On 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU, and the transition period as stated in the Withdrawal Agreement begins.

The transition period will last until 31 December 2020, allowing the UK and the EU to negotiate a trade deal that would be applicable as of 1 January 2021.

During this period nothing changes for trade of goods and services between the UK and the EU. Goods can continue circulating freely between the UK and the EU without customs declarations or controls.

DPDgroup will ensure that we are 'Brexit ready' whatever the scenario and whatever the final date of exit, so that you can continue to ship parcels to your customers throughout the EU.

DPD is fully engaged in the Brexit process and has detailed plans in place.

Brexit Planning

DPD has been planning meticulously for all possible Brexit scenarios, in particular a 'no-deal' Brexit. In the case of a 'no-deal' Brexit, we will still collect parcels from you in the same way we do today, but we've developed our own in-house clearance process to ensure there's minimal disruption to you and your customers. This means your customers in Europe will continue to receive their parcels with DPD's award-winning Predict service and in-flight options.

What is the transition period?

The transition period will run from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020, and during that time everything remains the same as before:
The UK must continue to obey EU rules
UK/EU citizens can continue to work and travel to the EU/UK
Trade remains the same as it does today - nothing will change when shipping goods to and from Europe until 31 December 2020 at the earliest

What will DPD do next?

Our Brexit plans have been ready to implement since the UK was first due to leave the EU in March 2019. There is still a possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 31 December 2020, therefore we will continue to plan for a no deal.

We have a dedicated Brexit team working on all our Brexit plans throughout the Peak period to ensure we are in the best possible situation should the UK leave the EU with no-deal on 31 December 2020.

We would advise you to keep Brexit on your radar and finalise any remaining no-deal Brexit preparations you may have.

The UK Government and the EU will this year work to agree a 'Free Trade Deal' to avoid no deal in December, however details of what this looks like are still to be confirmed.

As more information emerges, we will of course continue to keep you informed.

What can I do to prepare for Brexit?

Our website is full of useful information to help you prepare for all Brexit scenarios:
Brexit Guide & Checklist
Brexit FAQs

Keep checking our Brexit page for updates and if you have any general queries about Brexit, contact our International Experts team.

Contact our IT Automation Team
Do you have a specific query regarding your IT Integration and Brexit? Contact one of our IT team who are here to help you and your business prepare for Brexit.

Get Brexit ready
Watch our short film on the new customs procedure


Check what you need to do to be Brexit ready
Here's a link to the Government checker. It will tell you exactly what your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit:

We know you have some important questions about Brexit...

What if there's No-Deal?

The UK government has been planning for a no-deal scenario, while stressing it's unlikely.

If the UK leaves the EU with no-deal, EU parcels would be treated the same as rest of world (ROW) parcels.

If you're exporting goods from the EU to the UK, visit this website produced by the Government which helps explain how to prepare for an EU exit.

What does a no customs agreement mean for cross-border shipments?

Currently there is free movement of goods between EU countries. However, if there is no customs agreement post Brexit, parcels are likely to incur duties and require customs clearance.

Working with our customers in the no-deal Brexit world

With no trade agreement in place DPD would need to treat your EU-bound parcels the same way we currently treat your rest of world (ROW) parcels.

Exporting to and importing from the EU

In the recent Technical Notes issued by the government on 23 August 2018, businesses are advised to:

Put steps in place to renegotiate commercial terms to reflect any changes in customs excise procedures and any new tariffs that may apply to UK-EU terms.
DPD has already started to amend contracts to reflect this clause, and we recommend that our customers do the same with their contracts.

Businesses should consider acquiring customs software and/or engage a customs broker. 
DPD has already put measures in place to accommodate the customs clearance process, and our customers can also rest assured that, being AEO accredited for both customs and security, we are well placed to handle their exports into Europe.

Businesses must use product classification codes and check whether any of their goods need an export licence.
This will be essential to ensure your customers pay the right amount of duty, and we recommend that you start the process early by using the government website for classification of goods (see 'Sources' section for a link to the government website).

In the event of no trade agreement being in place, you will need to provide commercial or pro forma invoices with the data for us to be able to export your goods. For customers that generate labels direct from the 'My DPD' facility on www.dpd.co.uk, this service will be updated in time for when we leave the EU to allow you to generate these easily and remain compliant.

DPD guide to Brexit jargon

No-deal
A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU with no formal agreement on the terms of the UK's withdrawal or new trade relations.

Soft Brexit
Leaving the EU but staying as closely aligned to the EU as possible. It could keep the UK in the single market or the customs union or both. It could involve British compromises on free movement of people, allowing EU citizens rights to settle in the UK with access to public services and benefits.

Hard Brexit
Leaving the EU and leaving both the single market and customs union. It could mean ending the right of freedom of movement between EU countries, the UK needing to pay money to be a member of the EU, and EU law overriding UK law.

Norway Model
An arrangement in which the UK would have to allow freedom of movement of people, make a contribution to the EU budget - smaller than it currently makes - and abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice, in exchange for remaining in the single market.

Canada Model
Refers to a free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada which removes lots of barriers to trade between the two, but not as many as the Norway model - and which involves signing up to more EU rules and contributing to the EU budget.

Customs Partnership
This proposal, also known as the hybrid model, would enable trade in goods between the UK and Europe without the need for customs checks. Some say it would help solve the Irish border question too, as the UK would collect the EU's tariffs on goods coming from other countries on the EU's behalf. If those goods stayed in the UK and UK tariffs were lower, companies could then claim back the difference.

More information

If you want to read more information on how DPD is getting Brext ready, please download our guide here.

If you would like to speak to our team about Brexit, please get in touch with our team by emailing dpdbrexit@dpd.co.uk.

We've created a guide to help answer your questions on how Brexit will affect you and your customers, which you can view by clicking here.

To complete our Brexit survey, please click here.

HMRC has produced a range of communications resources to help businesses prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal, which can be found here.

HM Government also have important information about duties and taxes on goods you import and export which you can read by clicking here.

HMRC has also provided information on how to operate a deferment account, which you can find out about here.