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Settle your Brexit Nerves with DBL Logistics & Pall-Ex

Settle your Brexit Nerves with DBL Logistics & Pall-Ex

The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, and after years of negotiations, it seems that a date where Britain will become independent from the EU is close – but will leave many who currently trade throughout Europe in the dark about the future movement of their goods.

Brexit will change the face of UK trade, with companies no longer able to enjoy the single market as before. Whilst we can hope an acceptable deal can be agreed before October, we must be as best prepared as we can for the increasingly likely “no-deal” scenario.

As a member of Pall-Ex, one of the largest pallet networks in the UK, DBL Logistics are as well placed as possible to deal with this major shift in the trading landscape.

The Process at the Moment

As it stands, we have a simple system when moving your goods within Europe. You send us the details of your international deliveries and we do the rest. At the moment, the information you send is the same as what you would input for a domestic delivery, including delivery address and pallet dimensions.

Your goods are collected as normal along with their domestic counterparts, and go on to their delivery depots.

What will change post-Brexit

Whilst we of course know very little about the finer details of the Brexit scenario, we are prepared for the worse-case “no-deal” scenario.

In the event that Britain leaves the EU without an agreement, The World Trade Organisation route may become the default solution – in which case UK businesses will be subject to Customs clearance procedures, excise and VAT processes to goods traded with the EU. This will include the need for customs and safety and security declarations being made.

Whilst this may seem like a recipe for disaster with paperwork having to pass across a number of hands, our partners in the Pall-Ex network have made this process as simple as possible.

In a “no-deal” Brexit scenario, our systems will be updated so that when we handle a job on your behalf for international delivery, we will know exactly what documents we need from you. So you will know exactly what is needed for smooth movement into Europe.

As we will not be able to proceed without uploading the mandatory paperwork, once this has been done you can rest easy, knowing your goods will move through customs with little delay.

What is DBL Logistics doing to soften the transition?

DBL Logistics and our partners in the Pall-Ex network have prepared processes to deal with the worse-case Brexit scenario.

We can assure our customers that we are in the best position possible to prepare for the worse-case scenario. Our partners that work in cross-borders are putting additional staff in place to deal with the potential influx of customs entry requests.

Our collaborators, have Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification status meaning that we are well placed to help support our customers during the transition.

Whilst international tariffs are likely to change due to the increased administration requirements. We are working with the network to ensure that there are no unnecessary changes and that most importantly, services are not affected.

Is there anything I can do to help with the transition?

To help make the move as smooth as possible, we have been advised by our partners that the following information will be essential in the expected “no-deal” scenario.

  1. Details of Importer (You)
  2. Details of Exporter (Us)
  3. Description of goods (See below image – this has to be really specific)
  4. Packing details
  5. Weight
  6. Sales value and currency
  7. Declare the Incoterm of the shipment (See below image for more details)
  8. Country of Origin
  9. EORI Number (Follow this link to apply for a number for free: – You will need one of these in a “No-deal” scenario)
  10. Commodity Codes (A list of these can be found here; )
Description of Goods examples

For the moment, it is a good idea to apply for an EORI number, familarise yourself with the commodity codes and learn more about the Incoterm declarations.


You should also be aware of the potential need to use ISPM15 treated pallets.

Contact us with your international requirements and any queries and a member of our team will get back to you.

The Brexit scenario has baffled even those running the country, so we understand that this can be a minefield for our customers.

We are here to offer support wherever possible. If you have any questions, or would simply like a quote for an international pallet delivery, get in touch today and our team will deal with your query as quickly as possible.