Customs clearance update for UK and EU shipments with IFL

Brexit customs checklist

As new post-Brexit rules for UK imports and exports came into force on 1 January, many businesses are struggling with the added paperwork required for customs clearances on both sides of the Channel. Here is how International Forwarding (IFL) can help you with documentation – and also what we need from our customers.

Documentation and capacity are key issues at present across the whole freight and transport industry, and incomplete or missing documentation is leading to transit time delays. Last week, for example, major player DB Schenker suspended its Europe-UK road freight services in order to clear the backlog and others may follow.

With inbound and outbound road freight affected, it is critical that anyone trading with Europe gets their paperwork right to avoid further disruption and delays.

Information pack and checklist

We’ve posted a quick post-Brexit customs checklist for trading with Europe, which we are sending out to all customers, which tells you what information you will need in order to trade with the EU.

To help our customers understand the new requirements more fully and to facilitate their shipments, please read our post-Brexit customer information pack from our membership of the Palletways network.

Customs clearances through IFL

We are currently receiving a high volume of calls from businesses and freight agents who want us to complete the export and import declarations to facilitate customs clearances.

Please note: At present we are not in a position to act as a customs broker UNLESS goods are under our direct control. This is due to the high volumes of customs documents required at the moment.

If you are a UK company and wish us to move your freight either to or from the EU, we would be happy to quote for the same service, including customs documentation.

For further information and to get a quote, please call +44 (0)1675 434690 or email



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