Trade with the EU after the transition period

After the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, trade between the UK and the EU will change. This will affect both import and export procedures. UK-based companies are advised to start the necessary preparations now 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

From January 1, 2021, you will need to submit export and import declarations when trading 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:


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 when trading 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.

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Self-filing: Submit your own import declarations

As with export filing, you can also choose to handle your import declarations yourself. 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 after Brexit. 

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

The deadline for the end of the transition period is fast approaching and it is high time to ramp up your knowledge about Brexit and customs handling. 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 has to be considered.

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Easy-to-use software: Export Filing: CHIEF

AEB provides a perfect opportunity for you to manage your own customs processes when trading 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. 

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?

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Start exporting:

50 declarations/year, GBP 33/month

  • Full control of export processes
  • Every declaration step clearly explained
  • Applicable for government grant
  • Buy now, pay from January 2021
  • Low-cost entry to Starter price plan with Export Filing: CHIEF, 50 declarations/year, GBP 33/month

Start importing:

100 declarations/year, GBP 92/month

  • Full control of import processes
  • Wizard to guide you through the declaration steps
  • Applicable for government grant
  • Get in touch for more information
  • 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

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

Knowledge: Learn more about customs

Want to learn more about recent Brexit developments and customs changes from 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.

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