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Brexit has caused a lot of uncertainty around what will happen after the UK leaves the EU. We put together this guide to help answer any questions you may have.

Assurances of moving with Crown Relocations

We can assure you that operationally our warehousing and service partners are prepared with the required permit and customs approvals etc. Our staff are being trained on customs requirements for EU countries where previously customs was not a consideration. So we’ll be able to answer any and all questions you have regarding your items along the way.

Avoiding any potential delays

There may be a potential risk of delay if the free movement rules changes happen after 29th March 2019. If you have any flexibility around your move date we suggest avoid moving to Europe the week commencing April 1st 2019. In the event of a hard Brexit, we predict there will be delays at customs and an impact on delivering your items on the chosen arrival date.

Challenges to be aware of

The biggest potential challenge will be if the UK leaves the EU with a hard Brexit. This could affect the requirements for import and export shipments to and from the UK and Europe requiring an additional customs clearance. In this event we are operationally prepared to store your items in our warehouse as bonded imports or hold prior to export pending customs documentation preparation.

Planning for March 29th

After March 29th 2019 your dedicated move manager will ask you to complete and prepare customs forms for your destination country. This is an additional precautionary step that we are asking our customers to undertake in case of a hard Brexit and the need to undertake clearance. The UK clearance application cannot be applied for until the UK is no longer part of the EU. This is likely to cause delays at the point of origin and with the UK bonded storage.

Understanding bonded storage

Crown Relocations has bonded storage at our London facilities. In the event of a no deal your items can be brought from Europe to our storage facility until clearance has been undertaken. Alternatively, if you are relocating to Europe from the UK we can hold your effects in store prior to your relocation to an EU destination. Although this is not a necessary option for moves out of the UK, it does offer peace of mind that your items will be safely stored if changes to customs occur.

The effect on port haulage

No immediate impact is expected to sea port haulage services as a result of a no deal Brexit as very little sea freight is imported from the EU by sea. However, the haulage industry employs a high percentage of drivers from the EU. Therefore medium to long term challenges may present themselves if driver availability is reduced.

What is Cabotage and what is its impact on a no deal Brexit?

Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator from another country. Once the UK leaves the EU, cabotage restrictions may apply to UK based Crown vehicles and partners moving items between EU countries.

This may reduce the number of service partner options available to Crown Relocations. This may impact transit times and costs as UK partners tend to be more abundant and economical than partners in other Western European countries. The UK government are seeking assurances that cabotage restrictions will not be applied on a reciprocal basis with the EU but this has not yet been agreed.

Expected changes to transit times for entering the EU

Transit time expectations for moving to and from the UK and Europe is based on 2-4 day transit time for direct relocations and 14 days for part loads. In the event of ferry and rail port congestion after 29th March 2019, transit times may be extended by 1-2 days. This will be subject to customs controls in the UK and EU. However the time extensions remain an estimate until a Brexit outcome has been announced.

Expected changes to transit times for entering the UK

Transit times for anyone moving to the UK may be extended in the immediate term by up to 2 weeks. UK rules for Transfer of Residence relief requires the client to apply and seek approval prior to import.  This can’t be undertaken until the UK is no longer a member of the EU. Crown UK can offer bonded storage in the short term whilst the application is being undertaken.

Things to be aware of:

The Guardian have listed out some helpful tips as you plan your moves to Europe.

  • UK citizens will have to pay €7 for a travel permit in advance of travel, as part of the European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (Etias).
  • The government is recommending that UK travellers have at least six months left on their passports from the date of arrival in an EU country.
  • Pet passports are likely to be affected if a no deal Brexit is reached.
  • UK-registered European health insurance cards (Ehic) may no longer exist after March 29th. Health insurance may be needed instead.
  • Free data roaming for mobiles are not guaranteed.
  • Even in a no-deal scenario, the European commission has said that UK airlines would still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU.

Still unsure on how this will affect your move? Email us at or call 0800 731 4409 and we’ll answer any of your concerns.

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