Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, there have been significant changes to the ways companies do business with Europe.

As the UK is no longer part of the EU Customs Union, the EU Single Market or the EEA and EFTA, there are new rules when it comes to imports, exports and tariffs.

As a Fortune 500-ranked global business, with offices in 19 countries including Europe, we are in the fortunate position to have been dealing with EU shipments for years. We remain committed to helping our clients maximise the value of their technology today and accelerating for tomorrow.

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Brexit tech supply issues? Here’s what EU need to know:

Before Brexit, if you were looking to procure tech from a UK company for use in the EU (or vice versa) you could follow exactly the same procedure as if you were trading within the UK. For many businesses, things just aren’t that simple anymore. But here’s the good news. If you work with Insight, we can cut through the Brexit waffle and manage the processes for you.

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Shipping your tech products from the UK to the EU – the basics

If you’re a UK registered company and wish to send physical goods from the UK to any EU country there are new rules to follow for all parties, both the seller and the buyer.

For supplies of non-physical goods, customs duties and process won’t be relevant – but VAT will remain applicable depending on the purchasing country. Physical items, such as desktops, laptops, servers, storage, networking and any associated peripheral items, will have VAT and import tariff obligations in the receiving country levied by the governments.

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Sounds complicated?
Don’t worry we’ve got EU covered!


To help you continue your digital acceleration beyond Brexit, we’ve developed a range of solutions that will enable your UK-based team to continue sourcing tech products for your global business with minimum hassle, friction or delay.

Option One:

EU manage the new processes yourself (DAP)

We appreciate that some clients would prefer to manage the new processes involved with ordering tech goods for their EU offices in-house. If you choose to do this, you will need to pay any VAT, tariffs and fees yourself on receipt of your goods. You can then recover the VAT from the receiving country revenue and customs. If you choose this option, you will need to register for VAT in the country that you want to receive the goods in, register for an EORI number and create a deferment / postponement account. Alternatively, you may choose to give your carrier Power of Attorney (POA) or pay broker fees to avoid some of the paperwork. If you’re working with another UK supplier, this may well be the only solution they offer. This is using the DAP shipment methodology. 

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Option Two:

Take the brakes off your digital acceleration with a frictionless experience

If you’d like to continue moving tech goods in exactly the same way you were before Brexit – we have a trusted partner who can manage the whole process. This may be the most convenient option for you, as you would be able to continue ordering your tech goods from Insight exactly as before. You wouldn’t need to worry about VAT either. If you are an existing client, you would deal with your current account manager, tech consultant and so on. For new clients, you would have the advantage of dealing with Insight’s experienced UK team.

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Option Three:

With our global footprint, we’ve got EU covered

One way we can help you cut through the Brexit waffle is to create an additional client account for you in Germany – where we already have a fully operational distribution centre. You will be purchasing your tech goods from Insight Germany, but you can continue working with your familiar, UK-based account manager.

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Option One: DAP

EU manage the new processes yourself (DAP)

We appreciate that some clients would prefer to manage the new processes involved with ordering tech goods for their EU offices in-house. If you choose to do this, you will need to pay any VAT, tariffs and fees yourself on receipt of your goods. You can then recover the VAT from the receiving country revenue and customs. If you choose this option, you will need to register for VAT in the country that you want to receive the goods in, register for an EORI number and create a deferment / postponement account. Alternatively, you may choose to give your carrier Power of Attorney (POA) or pay broker fees to avoid some of the paperwork. If you’re working with another UK supplier, this may well be the only solution they offer. This is using the DAP shipment methodology.

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Option Two: Digital Acceleration

Take the brakes off your digital acceleration with a frictionless experience

If you’d like to continue moving tech goods in exactly the same way you were before Brexit – we have a trusted partner who can manage the whole process. This may be the most convenient option for you, as you would be able to continue ordering your tech goods from Insight exactly as before. You wouldn’t need to worry about VAT either. If you are an existing client, you would deal with your current account manager, tech consultant and so on. For new clients, you would have the advantage of dealing with Insight’s experienced UK team.

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Option Three: Global Footprint

With our global footprint, we’ve got EU covered

One way we can help you cut through the Brexit waffle is to create an additional client account for you in Germany – where we already have a fully operational distribution centre. You will be purchasing your tech goods from Insight Germany, but you can continue working with your familiar, UK-based account manager.

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Resources

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Brexit Guide

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We’re here for EU

If Brexit is causing you any tech supply issues at all – whether you’re a new or existing client – we have a solution for you. Talk to our friendly, UK based team and we’ll help you cut through the Brexit waffle and continue your digital acceleration without hindrance.

If you’re an existing client, simply talk to your account manager. If you’ve not worked with us before, give Insight a call on 03444939939 or email DG-EU-Brexit@insight.com.

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