With no Brexit Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU and time fast running out with just 10 days until the Transition Agreement runs out, many companies still don’t know how they’ll trade in a post Brexit world. This includes couriers who are starting to suspend Northern Ireland Courier services before the New Year deadline.
The suspension of Northern Ireland courier services by both DPD and UPS owned Parcel Motel are a strong indicator that you should verify carriage arrangements with the couriers you currently use to avoid a nasty surprise when you return to work on the 4th of January. And with service suspensions already announced you should check regardless of any deal or no deal agreed between the British Government and the EU.
Northern Ireland Courier Brexit Suspensions
DPD Ireland have posted on their website that their mainland Great Britain into the Republic and Northern Ireland courier services will be suspended as of the 23rd of December. This is likely to give sufficient time to deliver any parcels in the network prior to the 31st of December.
“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.
As of Tuesday the 8th of December, the EU and UK agreed in principle on the process for implementing the NI Protocol as part of the Withdrawal Agreement for Brexit. After speaking with HMRC, we have confirmation that as part of the agreement, for the vast majority of goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, no customs formalities will be required from January 1st 2021. This means DPD Ireland will NOT ask for any customs details from you for your goods travelling from NI to GB, ROI or EU. Customs formalities will STILL be required for goods from GB into NI and we await further clarification from the UK and EU on those details.
Note: we will be temporarily suspending our collection service from mainland Great Britain into the Republic and Northern Ireland from December 23rd 2020. We hope to reinstate the service in due course and will keep you up to date regarding any changes.”
– DPD Ireland
UPS – Parcel Motel
UPS owned Parcel Motel solves the problem for Irish residents when attempting to buy from the UK and finding either very high delivery costs or that websites simply won’t deliver to the Republic of Ireland. They offer virtual addresses, including in Northern Ireland, and then delivery your parcel to your local Parcel Motel locker ready for collection.
Parcel Motel virtual address services in the Northern Ireland will be suspended as of the 28th of December. They will no longer be accepting deliveries at their Northern Ireland depot in Newtownabbey and if a carrier arrives with a delivery it will be refused and returned to the carrier’s depot and hopefully back to the retailer.
“At the end of the year, the UK will leave the single market and customs union. As a result, all parcels crossing the new border between Britain and Ireland will be subject to customs formalities affecting the cost and transit time of your shipment.
Following the Brexit impact, we would like to share with you that as of December 28th, our virtual address services in the UK will be temporarily suspended, until such time as a final Brexit decision has been implemented and our services have been adapted to meet the new requirements.”
– Parcel Motel