If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on the 31st October 2019 this would mean that the rules for posting items to the EU will change. It is expected that the EU will treat UK imports as it does non-EU imports today. Basically for me that means more paperwork and higher costs to ship to the EU. At this point in time I can’t tell you what the impact would be on the cost of postage to the EU other than there will be an impact.
If the UK agrees a deal with the EU, then the UK is expected to enter into a transition period. This period is expected to remain in place until 31 December 2020, subject to a possible extension.
The transition period is designed to give everyone in the UK and the EU time to prepare for changes caused by the UK leaving the EU and the customs union at the end of 2020. As a result, the way the UK trades with the EU will remain broadly the same during the transition period. This means that we won’t have to make any immediate changes to the way we think about customs or VAT in relation to the EU. However, we will need to start preparing for the changes during the transition period which must be completed before the end of 2020. What those changes will be we currently don’t know so can’t do anything yet!
If the UK decides that Brexit is not a good idea and we stay in the EU, then this page becomes as useful as trying to get a politician to answer a question without either avoiding it or bending reality to line their pockets.
Brexit V1 – Last updated 31st August 2019 and made available without liability by Basil Bahrani, Tina Macnaughton’s website manager.