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Business Frequently Asked Questions

Baffled by Brexit? Unsure what it means for you or your business? Find answers to the most common questions about Britain’s departure from the European Union.
 

What can you expect?

From January 1st 2021 there are some key things customers need to be aware of about how posting to the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland will change.

At An Post, we’ve built new digital tools so you can easily complete your sending documentation online or at your local post office.

Customs Charges

From 1 January 2021, the UK will no longer apply the rules of the Single Market and Customs Union. This means that any business, regardless of size, who moves goods from, to or through Great Britain will be subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements.

Sending to United Kingdom (excl. Northern Ireland) 

Getting set up as an exporter to the UK

Customers sending to Great Britain will need to complete a customs declaration form – CN23
The form can be completed online on Click & Post or in your local post office. Where applicable the recipient customers in the UK will be liable to a customs charge and administration fee depending on the size of your item. 


Parcel with a custom declared value up to 150€ (£0-£135) liable to VAT only
For those parcels with a declared value of up to €150 (£135), a new UK VAT scheme will apply where Irish retailers need to pay VAT directly to the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

From 1st January 2021, the €22 (£15) low value threshold will be removed and therefore all goods will be liable to VAT. Compliance will be enforced by the UK tax authorities directly with the Irish retailer.  
 
Parcel with a custom declared value greater than 150€ (£135) liable to VAT and duties
 For those parcels with a declared value >€150.  These items are subject to VAT and duties and will require payment by the receiver in advance of delivery.
 
If you are sending multiple items with a value greater than >€150.  An Post Commerce would recommend a Delivery Duty Paid solution to retailers who want to ensure the least disruption to their UK customer base. Please talk to your account manager to find out more about a delivery duty paid solution. Details here

For account customers

If you send using an An Post business account, please contact your Account Manager to learn how we can help you deal with Brexit.
 

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