DHL Express road services to EU restart Tuesday 5th

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DHL Express road services were suspended into and out from the UK a few days before Christmas due to the French border closure. In good news, services are to restart tomorrow, Tuesday the 5th of January. However the DHL Day Definite Service remains suspended.

“Our Day Definite Domestic (Road) Service to and from Europe remains suspended today while we assess the situation at the ports. We will update you tomorrow with a date when this service will resume.

The DHL Globalmail service will restart tomorrow, 5 January 2021, subject to the correct paperwork being provided.”

Naturally there are changes to DHL Express road services due to the new customs requirements, the following is a summary of the changes that have come into effect:

  1. Customs Declarations are required between Great Britain and the European Union, therefore Commercial or Pro-Forma Invoices are needed.
  2. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement means that in most cases Customs duties will not be applied as a zero tariff has been confirmed for goods sent between GB and the EU, however this is conditional on Rules of Origin Requirements being confirmed when shipping. Note that VAT will still be levied.
  3. Changes to UK VAT requirements have been implemented.
  4. Details for trade with Northern Ireland have been confirmed on 31 December 2021.

    You should also ensure that if you are using a bespoke shipping tool, you have updated your system. Support is available at [email protected] For customers using MyDHL+, DHL have made the required updates and the system is ready for use.

    Zero Tariff under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

    DHL remind customers that only products that originate from the EU or UK qualify for preferential treatment (zero tariff) under the EU-UK TCA, meaning that no customs duties are levied (but VAT still has to be paid or accounted for).

    You need to check if your products comply with the agreed Rules of Origin in Chapter 2 of the Agreement, along with product specific Rules of Origin in the Annex. The Agreement can be found here.

    To qualify for preferential treatment (zero tariff) at the time of import, the customs declaration in the EU or the UK must include a proof of origin statement/document.


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