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What is the latest on Brexit?

Here at DPD Ireland our preparations for Brexit are continuing at a pace to ensure that we can maintain a smooth movement of parcels through the DPD Network. Brexit is due to come into effect on January 1st, 2021 - the transition period ends on December 31st, 2020. For all goods coming into or out of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from Great Britain, declarations will be required.

 
What is DPD doing to prepare for Brexit?

We have undertaken a complete analysis of our operation in terms of Network operations, IT requirements, customs and contingency planning to account for all possible scenarios to ensure that our customers' needs are taken care of. 
    • We've rolled out our new Brexit-ready Shipping Solution 
    • We've established new direct linehaul routes to Europe
    • We've established new customs warehouses in Athlone and Dublin - our Irish customs colleagues will be based at our sites
    • We are establishing new customs warehouses in Northern Ireland
    • We've recruited our team of Customs Brokers and established the DPD Customs Academy
    • We've created our user-friendly DPD Brexit Web Page - https://dpd.ie/Brexit-Update

 

What does a no customs agreement mean for cross border?

Currently there is free movement of goods between EU countries. However, if there is a no customs agreement post Brexit, parcels traveling from the UK into the EU will require customs processes up to and including custom declarations and taxes.

Will my goods be subject to Customs Clearance?

Brexit is due to come into effect on January 1st, 2021 - the transition period ends on December 31st, 2020. For all goods coming into or out of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from Great Britain, declarations will be required.

Are DPD prepared for this increase in Customs Activity?

We have undertaken a complete analysis of our operation in terms of Network operations, IT requirements, customs and contingency planning to account for all possible scenarios to ensure that our customers' needs are taken care of. 
    • We've rolled out our new Brexit-ready Shipping Solution 
    • We've established new direct linehaul routes to Europe
    • We've established new customs warehouses in Athlone and Dublin - our Irish customs colleagues will be based at our sites
    • We are establishing new customs warehouses in Northern Ireland
    • We've recruited our team of Customs Brokers and established the DPD Customs Academy
    • We've created our user-friendly DPD Brexit Web Page - https://dpd.ie/Brexit-Update


What additional data will be needed for goods to travel?

    • Consignor EORI
    • Consignee EORI (If Business to Business) 
    • Harmonization codes or Commodity codes
    • Country of Origin
    • Description of goods
    • Valuation of the goods
With the introduction of DPD's new Shipping Solution the above information will be captured on here electronically.

Common mistakes when creating customs documents.

- Misclassification of goods for export - this leads to the receiver paying higher amount in Vat and Duty unnecessarily.
- Under declaring the value of goods - it is the shipper's responsibility to ensure that value of goods is accurately calculated. In the event that an inaccurate value is provided, this may result in an audit by the Customs Authorities and have an impact on free movement of future shipments from that shipper.
- Ambiguous item descriptions - Items should be clearly described as to what they are.
- Incorrect Country of Origin - the Country of Manufacture, not country of export.

Will there be restrictions on particular goods?

Yes if there is a scenario where there is a No Deal caused by the UK not participating in the EU elections or no deal been agreed by October 31st , certain items travelling between the EU and UK will now become prohibited. The Revenue Authorities provide comprehensive information on prohibited goods - please check the links provided: https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/prohibitions-and-restrictions/index.aspx 
https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/banned-and-restricted-goods

What is a deferred payment account?

A deferred payment authorization allows traders to defer payment on duties and taxes. Such payments can be made by EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer). Credit must be available on the account before a transaction is submitted.

What is a TSF?

TSF or Temporary storage facility is a customs controlled warehouse for the retention of imported goods until the Vat / Duty has been paid and customs released by Revenue / HMRC.

What about orders coming into me from the UK?

DPD is setting up a facility whereby duty and taxes may be collected via an online platform. Alternatively, the shipper may collect duties and taxes from you in advance of shipping the parcel.

What are freight charges?

Freight charges: New Requirement from this year for HMRC. Freight charges need to be provided to HMRC separate from the invoice (intrinsic) value of the goods. DPD’s Shipping Solution and API and EDI specs will be updated to take these new fields - these will be rolled out to you later this month.The Invoice Value should be the cost of the goods to the buyer, excluding the freight costs. Freight charge is the price the seller is charging the buyer of the goods, NOT what the seller is paying for freight. Everything has a cost, even if the buyer is not charging the seller because they spent over a certain amount in the one sale. A cost should still be provided in this field. Freight charges need to be in the same currency as the invoice value.


 

Why do I have to pay freight charges?

Freight charges: New Requirement from this year for HMRC. Freight charges need to be provided to HMRC separate from the invoice (intrinsic) value of the goods. DPD’s Shipping Solution and API and EDI specs will be updated to take these new fields - these will be rolled out to you later this month. The Invoice Value should be the cost of the goods to the buyer, excluding the freight costs.Freight charge is the price the seller is charging the buyer of the goods, NOT what the seller is paying for freight. There is no such thing as “free shipping” in customs. Everything has a cost, even if the buyer is not charging the seller because they spent over a certain amount in the one sale. A cost should still be provided in this field. Freight charges need to be in the same currency as the invoice value.