Here at Yodel, we will keep you updated with the necessary information and guidance, and work with you to ensure you are post-Brexit prepared.
In December 2019, the UK Government voted in agreement for a new Brexit deal, which meant that the 31st January 2020 saw the UK leave the EU, and the beginning of the transition period as stated in the Withdrawal Agreement.
This transition period ended at midnight on the 31st December 2020, with the UK no longer a member of the EU.
Following this, there are certain requirements on all shipments between the UK and EU, and GB and NI. Official guidance has been published by HMRC, advising of these requirements for express parcel carriers, i.e. Yodel.
Shipments to Northern Ireland
HMRC have officially confirmed an extension to the temporary arrangements (grace period) for parcels moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The grace period will be extended for a minimum of 6 months for Business to Consumer parcel deliveries. Although an official deadline has not been communicated, the extension notes a 6-month period from receipt of the publication, which is yet to be received. This means we will be working on a business as usual basis, with the exception of P&R goods, for at least the next 6 months
NI customs declarations will be carried out by our international delivery partners DG International, using their Pro Carrier software
Unfortunately, due to current lack of clarity on how customs declarations are submitted in compliance with additional border checks, from 1st April 2021 Yodel can no longer accept any Prohibited or Restricted items as confirmed by HMRC for carriage and delivery in Northern Ireland
You can find a full list of affected items here
Shipments to Europe, including ROI
Shipments to Europe and ROI will be treated as an international parcel via our international delivery partners, DG International
There is now a requirement to provide additional data for each parcel in order to comply with the new customs declaration process and policy
Our shipping tool specification has been successfully updated to include the provision of the new data fields
Parcels received into our network which don’t comply with the new customs process will be returned to sender
We have listed out the required processes to follow when exporting to the EU within our Brexit guide, and for more information on the export of goods from the UK, please visit https://www.gov.uk/export-goods
At Yodel, we are working closely with the relevant government departments to understand any changes as they happen, so we can react and communicate to our clients. At this point, we are working towards the same requirements as set out in our latest Brexit guide, please continue to work towards these instructions.
The Yodel Brexit team continues to support you through this transition and if you require any assistance relating to the additional data fields, or pre-advice testing, please contact BrexIT@yodel.co.uk.
Yodel has continued to work closely with HMRC on process requirements concerning Prohibited & Restricted goods, particularly relating to items entering Northern Ireland