Frequently asked questions

We will add to this list of questions on an ongoing basis

Q: Will my company be affected by Brexit?

If your company is involved with the trading or movement of goods between the UK and EU countries or vice versa, your company will be affected by Brexit.

  • Business transactions between the UK and EU countries are currently seen as intra-community traffic and are not therefore subject to customs import processes and duty payments. Brexit will change this, meaning products have to be included in customs declarations, posing a potential liability to pay duty.
  • Companies outside the EU doing business with UK companies might be affected as existing trade agreements will cease if/when the UK leaves the EU Customs Union. Trade after that will be subject to any new trade agreements the UK negotiates.

Q: What do we need to do to prepare for Brexit?

It is best to contact your normal DSV point of contact as they have a shortlist of requirements they can provide you with.

But for imports from and exports to the UK and their related customs processes, you will have to register with customs authorities and obtain an EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number. As your products will be subject to customs regulations, DSV will need you to provide us a list of legally required information; your DSV contact can tell you what this information is in your case. If you are affected you will need to ensure that you are up to date with the latest status and understand exactly what steps need to be taken or changed in your current operation & supply chain and what this means for risk and cost.

See our Useful Links and Documents.

Q: How can DSV help us prepare for Brexit?

We might already have some information from you for pure logistics activities, but the customs implications require additional information. We have the knowledge and capability to offer you support and guidance via our team of regional and country Brexit leaders.

Q: Who do we contact about Brexit in DSV?

You should first contact your normal point of contact in DSV. They have direct access to relevant Brexit information and can reach out to the local DSV Brexit leaders or customs experts.

If you do not know who your normal contact is please fill in our Contact form and we will forward your message to the leader for your country.

Q. Will Brexit increase the cost of our supply chain?

Almost certainly, not least as a hard Brexit will mean duty is payable on most products moving between the EU & the UK.  All shipments will also require customs documentation on departure and arrival, for which you may require a customs broker.

Q: Will Brexit result in delays to our supply chain?

Unfortunately, that is the general expectation. Apart from the potential for port congestion, the logistics are changing from an operation which is similar to domestic trucking to one where a hard customs border may exist between the EU & the UK, requiring cargo to be customs cleared before removal from the departure and arrival ports. This will almost certainly impact overall supply chain speed and reliability.

Q: How does DSV view a No Deal/Deal Brexit scenario?

At DSV, we are constantly following the political developments in the UK. Based on the current situation we feel that there is a high risk that we will face a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Although a certain level of uncertainty still exists, DSV is taking all preparatory actions to mitigate as much as possible for the risks and challenges that Brexit brings all of us.     

Q: How can I stay updated?

The UK Government, the EU Commission and many other EU Governments have official sites with the latest updates on negotiations, documents etc. See our Useful Links.