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Document changes when trading with the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021

Dear valued customers,

As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) will have left the European Union (EU) and the transition period up till Brexit has come to an end. This means that from 1 January 2021, trade in goods with the UK is subject to new customs formalities.

When shipping to the UK, the following is required as of 1 January 2021:

  • For Business to Business (B2B) shipments, shippers are required to list the consignee’s UK VAT# for shipments valued below £135, or EORI number for shipments valued above £135.


  • Shippers will need to accurately state the value and description of the shipment on the shipment invoice. The description should list the item but should not mention the word samples / not for resale. (e.g. trousers, t-shirt, socks)


  • Shippers will need to list the consignee’s company name on the shipment invoice at all times even if the shipment is sent to a residential address. (e.g. ABC trading company, VAT #1234555, Frogmore cottage, 31 Green Lane, UK, John Smith)


  • Low value consignment relief, which relieves import VAT on consignments of goods valued at £15 or less, has been abolished. Import VAT will no longer be applied on goods valued at less than £135.


  • For Business to Consumer (B2C) shipments, the shipper trading with the UK must register for the UK overseas seller VAT scheme if they are sending shipments to an end-consumer. You are able to register via this link: ( The UK VAT# must be listed on the shipment invoice.


Sample invoice below:

For more information, please visit:  


Failure to comply to these new regulations may result in shipment delays. Should you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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