Preparing for Brexit with UPS


In the years following the UK referendum, we at UPS have been investing heavily in our workforce, infrastructure and operational systems to prepare our customers for the UK’s departure. While much remains uncertain about the future trade relationship, now is the time to assess your readiness and identify areas of opportunity. This page will guide you through Brexit and help you on your journey towards a new trading landscape.

On April 11th the United Kingdom reached an agreement with the European Union to extend the date on which they will leave the EU. During this extension period, shipments between the EU and the UK will not be subject to customs clearance, meaning it will be business as usual for all of us.

Brexit-Ready Toolkit

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Browse through our guide and prepare for the changes ahead


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Are you Brexit-ready? Answer a few simple questions and get expert advice on how to prepare for when the UK leaves the EU.



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Brokerage Tools

Confused by customs? Check out our UPS Customs Brokerage Services and learn how our global expertise and technology can help you. Your shipments can be cleared electronically while they are still on the move, and our expert brokers are at home with complexities, duties and taxes.

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Less customs complexity can only be a good thing. Contact us and get set up with UPS World Ease® which allows you to consolidate your shipments destined for multiple recipients in the UK or the EU. They’ll clear customs as one shipment, simplifying your paperwork and reducing costs. You’ll still be able to keep an eye on each parcel in the shipment with our tracking tools. Learn more about using UPS World Ease® and the steps you need to take to prepare for a no-deal Brexit and continue trading between the UK and EU.

blankIcon-1x1.pngUPS World Ease is available to customers using WorldShip® shipping software, select vendor systems, or a host-to-host system, and offers full integration with in-house systems. Learn About WorldShip


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Ensure that you have an Economic Operator’s Registration and Identification (EORI) number. If, after Brexit, shipments require customs clearance, an EORI number will be required to continue trading between the UK and the EU and to benefit from easier customs processes.Learn more about EORI numbers here.

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Our guide can help you prepare the mandatory documentation needed for shipments going outside the EU. Learn more about commercial invoices here.

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Minimize delays and go green by opting for UPS Paperless Invoice – an electronic and sustainable solution to commercial invoices and other customs-required documentation. With this electronic transmission, shipment processing can begin earlier, enabling timely customs clearance.

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Get it right from the start. Use UPS TradeAbility®, our suite of international trade compliance tools, to manage the flow of your goods. No surprises with costs, no additional time lost on document preparation, and country-specific tariff codes at your fingertips – UPS TradeAbility® helps you stay compliant with trade regulation procedures and restrictions.

icon_UAP_79x79.jpgUPS Access Point

Offer those online shoppers even more convenience! Add UPS Access Point locations to your online checkout so that your customers can select when and where their parcel is delivered. They’ll see available delivery locations, opening hours and contact information, so that they can collect their parcels on a schedule that suits them.

Brexit Webinar Series 



UPS Brexit Webinar 4 – What is the deal? - March 6th, 2019

With the political process offering little certainty about the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, let alone the future trading relationship, businesses are forced to prepare for a worst-case scenario. What are the implications of a no-deal Brexit for your business between the UK and the EU? What steps do you need to take to keep trading? What tools are available to mitigate disruptions? We answer these questions and more in the fourth instalment of our Brexit webinar series.

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The prerequisite steps you need to take to keep trading across the channel in the event of a no-deal Brexit.




UPS Brexit Webinar 3 – How to Prepare with Five Months to Go? - October 31st, 2018

As negotiations between the UK and the EU enter the final stage, the third instalment of our Brexit webinar series dissects the possible outcomes and how these would affect trade across various industries. We look at what steps national governments have taken to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU, and how you should prepare your business too. View a snippet below or watch the full version here.

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Our expert from STTAS explains the impact of Brexit on companies within the UK and EU 27 in regards to the external border, trade barriers, longer lifecycle of shipments and other requirements.

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