The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU) and new rules and processes on importing and exporting goods between the UK and the EU are being enforced from 1 January 2021.

There is now a requirement for declarations to be made to customs as your goods travel in and out of the UK and the EU. You can declare your own goods to customs, you can employ a broker to do this or P&O Ferrymasters can assist you with this process if we are provided with enough notice in advance.


At P&O Ferrymasters, we have updated our systems and processes to comply with Brexit requirements, and we are ready to help you move your goods, but we need your help to ensure the correct steps have been taken and the correct documentation has been obtained to ensure as smooth and efficient border crossings as possible.


Remember, declarations are required to export and import. It is important to arrange the declarations before arranging your transport.


- The name and address of the importer/exporter and their EORI details

- The import/export declarations in place

- The name and address of any agent in the EU/UK

- Start and end location and dates

- Goods description that is clearly understood by the authorities

- Gross weight

- Nett weight

- Number of packages

- Package type


To book your transport with P&O Ferrymasters, please continue to contact us in the way you always have. Or contact us through our online form. 


If you would like to employ P&O Ferrymasters to help manage your customs, please allow us enough time to arrange this for you.




There are numerous sources of information on post-Brexit import/export requirements such as government, port authority and freight company websites.


Our colleagues at P&O Ferries have created useful step-by-step guides for using all of their freight routes, which you can find here




We understand that the new system and processes you will have to follow may be difficult to get used to, but we all want to minimise queue times at borders and make the entire process as streamlined as possible, therefore we are keen to help guide our customers where possible.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

What’s happening in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The UK Government published its Border Operating Model on 25 June 2020 – a further update was published on 7 October.
The European Union

What’s happening in the European Union

Exports from Great Britain to Ireland must receive export clearance in GB and must be pre-declared for importation into Ireland. Details of the import declaration or transit form are recorded in an electronic document wallet called a PBN (Pre-Boarding Notification) .
What you should do now

What you should do now

To move goods into or out of the EU, you need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. You can register for and create an EORI number via the customs agencies in the countries that you operate in.

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