Brexit Help

Discover how Fastway is making shipping to Great Britain post-Brexit simple for our customers.

Explore our Brexit knowledge base, find answers to some of the most common Brexit questions and let us help you trade with more markets.
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With our customer-centric approach, we won't ask your customers to pay extra Brexit charges before we deliver, as we operate a Delivery Duty Paid model.


We use technology to create smarter, digitally-driven solutions that deliver new possibilities for our customers while solving their delivery challenges.

Customs Expertise

With our customs knowledge, resources, and expertise, you can focus on your business, and we'll focus on simplify your customs procedures and formalities.

What actions did Fastway take to prepared for Brexit?

We invested significantly in our operations, technology, resources, and teams, to ensure we were fully prepared for Brexit. Our goal - to make Brexit simple for you. Detailed below are some of the steps we took as part of our Brexit preparation plans.

Customs Expertise

Our partnership with Manifests Ireland means Fastway have become one of the largest Customs Brokers in Ireland, where we can manage our customers post-Brexit customs clearances, while keeping imports and exports seamlessly flowing with the U.K. Once we receive your completed manifest, Fastway will do the rest.

AEO level C status

Fastway has AEO level C status, which means we’re recognised Internationally as an Authorised Economic Operator and therefore, have simplified customs procedures.

Temporary storage facilities

Established temporary storage facilities at our main sortation hub in Portlaoise and in our Dublin warehouse for the retention of any parcels prior to any applicable VAT and duties being paid to Irish Revenue or HMRC in the United Kingdom.

Enhanced label shipping solutions

Enhanced our label shipping solutions to be compatible with the required customs declarations. Now you can choose the correct Commodity or HS codes that apply to the goods you are sending. Additionally, the required mandatory data fields have been added to your label platform for you to complete prior to dispatching your parcels. This functionality is only possible if you choose the commercial term / incoterm ‘Delivered Duty Paid’.

Created a payment portal

We have created a payment portal to receive the appropriate taxes and duties due. This will be available via an API to calculate the amount of VAT and duty to be paid. Fastway is operating a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) model only, which means all charges must be collected in advance, preferable at checkout.

Working to a Delivery Duty Paid Model

By operating a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) model, your customers pay any applicable VAT and/or duty at checkout in advance of delivery, thus avoiding unnecessary delays. This also means, your customers won’t be asked to pay extra Brexit charges before we deliver.

Established a working Brexit Steering Group

We established a working Brexit Steering Group, to ensure we keep up to date with new developments and answer any outstanding questions you may have.

My business needs help shipping to Great Britain, can you help?

Yes - we believe in making the shipping process simple for our customers. As your logistic partner, we are here to answer your questions about shipping to Great Britain or any Brexit questions you may have, no matter where you are on your Brexit journey. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with all the Brexit information we have produced. Finally, should you choose, we can act as your Direct Representative by providing the full required customs declarations suite on your behalf.

What is the Benefit of Fastway Becoming my Direct Representative?

By choosing Fastway as your Direct Representative, all customs declarations, paperwork, and applicable GB VAT owed will be discharged by Fastway to HMRC, on your behalf.

If Fastway becomes my Direct Representative, will there be a cost?

Unfortunately, yes. Since January 1st, 2021, customs declarations became a reality if your business moves goods between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain or between the Republic of Ireland, and mainland Europe, where the United Kingdom is used as a land-bridge. As there will be additional administrative resources required in completing these customs declarations, on your behalf, there will be a small Direct Representative admin charge, which must be paid in advance, of your parcel(s) leaving our network. For information on these minimum fees, contact your sales representative.

What do I need to do to send parcels to the Great Britain?

We want to continue making the shipping process simple, so we enhanced our shipping solutions. You simply purchase your U.K. labels as normal through your labelling platform or directly from the Fastway shared services centre. However, you must ensure, you have filled out all the mandatory data fields required in your manifest.

What information do I need to provide Fastway to complete these declarations on my behalf?

To complete these declarations on your behalf, you will need to supply the following:
  • Your EORI number
  • Consignee EORI number (If Business to Business)
  • Country of dispatch
  • Country of destination
  • Reason of export
  • Description of goods
  • Invoice value of goods in local currency
  • Appliable VAT
  • Applicable duties
  • Number of items
  • Commodity code
  • Country of origin/manufacture of the goods
  • Weight of the shipment (Kg’s only; 500g = 0.5kg)

With our enhanced label shipping solutions, you will be prompted to input all the relevant information as you process your shipments.

Is Fastway Operating a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) Model Only?

Yes, Fastway are operating a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) model only. All charges much be paid in advance of any parcels leaving our network. The DDP model also means a smoother, more seamless delivery experience for your customers. Not only, does your customer get what they want, when they expect it at a price they have already agreed to pay, but you remain in control.

Let us guide you through how we make Brexit simple, one step at a time.

We want to hear from you. We want to understand your needs, current challenges, and your delivery promises. Then we want to walk you through how we make Brexit simple to create a truly unique and seamless delivery experience.
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