On 24 December 2020, the United Kingdom and the European Union reached a post-Brexit trade agreement. But the deal doesn’t mean ‘business as usual’ for shipping between the UK and the EU.
Businesses and carriers will now face more paperwork and administration when shipping, meaning increased costs and adjustments to supply chains. This may lead to some delay, although not necessarily.
Customs clearance will now be required for all goods moving between the UK and the EU, including for return shipments.
Anything posted or couriered to you goes through customs to check it isn’t banned or restricted and you pay the right tax and ‘duty’ (customs charges) on it.