Now that the Brexit transition period has ended, we want to provide you with an update on how shipping orders from the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland may change. For more information, see the UK government help page.
As per the latest government announcement, for most products, there will be a 3-month grace period before customs declarations will be required when moving goods between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom (see the UK government's help page to understand the exceptions). This grace period will end on 31 March 2021, and at this time, you may be required to complete customs clearance documentation for orders sent to Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
Impact on Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA): For the majority of FBA sellers, even after the grace period, Amazon will continue to send FBA orders to Northern Ireland. However, product categories, shipping exclusions to Northern Ireland will apply and we will be updating our Brexit help pages with more specific details later.
Impact on Merchant Fulfilled Network (MFN): Up until 31 March, the majority of sellers using MFN or Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) will not be required to complete customs declarations. However, a small number of exempt products will require customs decelerations before this date and you should review the UK government's guidance to confirm whether this includes your products. After 31 March, MFN and SFP sellers will be required to complete customs declarations for all orders sent from the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland.
Based on the existing HMRC guidance, the following are key steps that you can take to prepare:
- Obtain a Northern Irish EORI number (which starts with letters XI): If you already have a UK EORI number, you may have automatically been assigned an XI EORI. You can use the EORI number validation to confirm whether this is the case. If you do not have one, you will need to apply for one.
- Confirm the details of your products to complete the declaration form (required). This includes the product’s country of origin information, Harmonised System (HS) code, and value. Review our Brexit help page for full details. You can also view our MFN Webinar, download a step-by-step handbook for clearing customs and watch informational videos on each step.
- Consider enrolling in the Trade System Service (TSS), which will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and can complete declarations on your behalf.
- Ensure that the price you are charging customers is reflective of any additional costs. For MFN non-Prime, you can adjust your shipping fees for Northern Ireland if necessary. To do this, go to Shipping Settings and create a new delivery rule for Northern Ireland on any relevant shipping templates. Make sure you remove Northern Ireland from any existing delivery rules on the template before updating. For SFP, you are still required to offer free shipping.
- Review our Product and Labelling Compliance section of our Brexit help page to understand if your goods require additional markings. In addition, refer to Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland for placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom and placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from the EU.
- Review the guidance provided in the UK government help pages.
Please contact your carrier if you have any further questions regarding shipping to Northern Ireland.