While the politicians deliberate - you can be ready 

Update 29 October 2019: UK formally accepted EU extension offer to 31 January 2020, with an option for Brexit prior should a leave deal be agreed.

New Zealand agencies have developed advice sites that will assist you to cope with any changes - see below.

Agreements are in place which will ensure business continuity for importers and exporters but here are 8 things you should do:

  • Visit each of the sites below. Use the checklists and note the information
  • Watch for updates
  • Contact the MPI and MFAT Brexit desks - they have people who can help
  • Don’t expect any change for goods exported to an EU port for import into the EU or for goods exported to a UK port for import into the UK
  • Don’t expect any change for goods landing in the EU and transhipped to the UK (or vice-versa)
  • Expect reduced warehouse capacity between now and February 2020
  • Check your importer is registered on IPAFFs for pre-clearance (see link below)
  • AVOID transiting goods by truck (RORO/Chunnel) between EU and UK (in either direction) for at least 6 weeks post Brexit.   Operational issues which are anticipated to create congestion and lead to extraordinary delays:
    • No turn-around capacity on roads leading to ferries, for trucks with inadequate paperwork to ‘turn around’
    • Border papers review
    • No Road capacity to ‘fast track’ goods on trucks in queues, even with diplomatic intervention.


Brexit information pages

NZ Customs: Customs issues

MPI: for all primary industries exports 

NZTE: includes checklist for Brexit preparation


UK Government


British Chambers of Commerce

British Chambers of Commerce: Customs clearance service