Preparing your business for 2021

Brexit update

The UK officially left the European Union on January 31, 2020, entering into a transition period scheduled to last until December 31, 2020.

During this time the UK and EU are conducting negotiations over a future trading relationship.

All your shipping processes will remain the same until the end of the transition period. However, as the terms of the future trading relationship between the UK and EU remain uncertain, customers should be aware of the potential for change.


For further information on how to prepare, please see our transition toolkit at where we will also provide details on any future changes you may need to make.

Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in the transition period, shipments moving from UK to Europe and Europe the UK will require TNT to perform customs clearance of shipments*. 

TNT is making incremental investments to adjust our systems, processes, resourcing, and customer facing solutions to ensure we are ready for the change on Jan 1, 2021. To reflect these investments and the incremental cost of clearing shipments, beginning Jan 1, 2021 we will be applying a surcharge of 4.90 EUR on all shipments moving from UK to EU, and EU to UK.


All other applicable surcharges related to moving shipments across borders will apply and will be based on the customer’s instructions to TNT related to the clearance of the shipment. 

*It is not expected that this will apply to shipments between Ireland and Northern Ireland.