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The UK has left the EU and the Brexit transitional period has ended.
The UK has now left the single market and is no longer a member of the EU. A deal has been struck between the UK and the EU, however there are still many changes to consider if you import our products.
We are working very hard to get to grips with all the post-Brexit changes and rules. At the moment we have paused exporting to the EU, including NI and ROI, so we can prepare to the best of our ability.
There’s a lot of information on line to help your business, and we are working hard to gather as much information as possible to help customers where we can through this difficult time of change.
If you have any questions or need any further information please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org who will gladly help as best they can. We also recommend that you do your own research to help give yourself the best understanding possible.
Northern Ireland (NI) is still part of the UK but the open border between north and south meaning that NI must now adhere to the same customs procedures as those between the UK and EU. A ‘border’ has been created between GB and NI. Please note that there are no changes to VAT as NI is still in the UK.
For NI customers you will need NI (starting with XI) and GB EORI numbers. You can apply for those here.
Our UK EORI number is
Our reference number is
Our Duty Deferment Account number is
GB 313 417 003
*please note there is a three-month grace period relating to organic specific checks at borders from goods travelling from GB to NI, but only for goods intended to be sold in NI.
**cost to be confirmed.
Will I have to pay tariffs on certain products that I buy from you, depending on where they originate from?
Under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), goods that are imported into the EU will be eligible for zero tariffs if they have UK-originating status. The originating status is the ‘economic nationality’ of each product and will be shown on your invoice. Please note that for a product to be assigned UK-originating status, it must be either wholly obtained in the UK, produced from exclusively UK or EU originating materials, or sufficiently processed in the UK according to product-specific rules. To highlight, products that are shipped from the UK may not necessarily be UK-originating.
Either Suma as exporter or you as importer can claim preference on our UK-originating goods, based on our origin declaration statement on the invoice or through ‘importer’s knowledge’.
Goods that do not meet the rules of origin can still be imported into the EU but they will not be able to benefit from preference under the TCA and may have to pay the standard (“Most Favoured Nation”) tariffs that the EU apply to imports.
Extra information for once we can take your orders again
Once your order has been placed, you will not be able to amend it, or place additional items to it. This is due to strict invoicing requirements to which Suma now has to adhere. We cannot accept any amendments once certification applications have been made.
Chilled items – These items usually have a reduced shelf life which needs to be taken into consideration if there are any delays at the point of crossing the border. You cannot order chilled items that require an Export Health Certificate at this time.
We have been advised by our freight forwarders that if all documents and invoices are not in place (of which they will ask for evidence) they will not collect the shipment. We will of course work as fast as possible, but the extra paperwork and documentation will have an impact on the turnabout time from ordering to delivery.
We recommend that you research the exact requirements for your country, and make sure you are up to speed as much as you can be.