UK trade with the EU after the transition period

Since the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, trade between the UK and the EU has changed. This affects both import and export procedures. UK-based companies are advised act as quickly as possible to avoid supply chain disruptions and delays with your EU business partners.  

The first step is to get informed on what you need to do to ensure that you are ready to continue trade with your partners in the EU after Brexit.

Trade with the EU after the transition period

Three options how to organize trade with the EU

Since January 1, 2021, you need to submit export and import declarations for trade with the EU. Depending on the nature of your goods and the amount of exports and imports you have to handle, these processes may be difficult and time-consuming. Therefore, you will have to decide on how to manage your customs processing.

These are the three options you have for trade with the EU:


Manage your customs declarations yourself.

Freight forwarder

Let your freight forwarder take care of your customs declarations.

Customs broker

Hand over export and import filing to a customs broker.

Self-filing: Submit your own export declarations

If you decide on handling your export processes yourself for trade with the EU, there are several initial steps to be considered. For example, you need to apply for an EORI number, find out the commodity codes of your goods, investigate if licence requirements apply, and register for NES, and for access to CHIEF.

Interested in more information? See our 7-step guide on how to export from the UK after Brexit

Self-filing: Submit your own import declarations

As with export filing, you can also choose to handle your import declarations yourself for trade with the EU. If you are new to this, AEB's step-by-step guide will help you get started with self-filing for a standard import procedure. You will learn which preparatory steps are required, e.g. where to apply for an EORI number or how to deal with import VAT. 

Find out more in our 9-step guide on how to import goods into the UK after Brexit 

Learning modules to help you prepare for trade with the EU after Brexit

The transition period has ended and it is high time to ramp up your knowledge about Brexit and customs handling for trade with the EU. To help you navigate the maze of information, AEB has summarized the most important aspects in small learning modules providing you with a concise overview of what to consider.

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Easy-to-use software: Export Filing: CHIEF

AEB provides a perfect opportunity for you to manage your own customs processes for trade with the EU. AEB's easy-to-use software allows users with little to no experience to submit export declarations to customs. 

AEB's Export Filing: CHIEF is the perfect solution to manage your UK export declarations and processes with an easy interface, whether you rely on manual data entry or the software is integrated into your existing systems. 

Get more information about Export Filing: CHIEF

Easy Mode for RoRo exports from the UK to the EU

Watch the video tutorial to see how easy it is to handle exports for low-risk goods in roll-on roll-off traffic with AEB's Export Filing: CHIEF software. 

Will you do export declarations with a easy to use Software?

Export Filing: CHIEF

50 declarations/year
GBP 33/month

  • Full control of export processes
  • Every declaration step clearly explained
  • Save costs, file your own export declarations
  • Low-cost entry to Starter price plan with Export Filing: CHIEF, 50 declarations/year, GBP 33/month

Import Filing: CHIEF

100 declarations/year
GBP 92/month

  • Full control of import processes
  • Wizard to guide you through declaration
  • Save costs, file your own import declarations
  • Low-cost entry to Basic price plan with Import Filing: CHIEF, 100 declarations/year, GBP 92/month

More information about AEB's customs software Export Filing: CHIEF for trade with the EU

Get a glimpse of the light mode of AEB’s Export Filing

Knowledge: Learn more about customs

Want to learn more about Brexit developments and customs changes since January 2021? We will guide you through the basics of exporting and importing and show you how our Export Filing: CHIEF software can support you.

Get a glimpse of the light mode of AEB’s Export Filing

Videos: Latest developments and support

Watch our videos and tutorials to find out about latest Brexit developments, get practical help, and learn how to use our easy-to-use customs software Export Filing: CHIEF.

FAQ: AEB customs software in detail

AEB's customs software supports you in handling customs easily and efficiently. Find answers to your questions about software features, purchasing, and implementation as well as how to use it.

Learn more about customs software for trade with the EU

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