BREXIT TAKES ITS FIRST BITE OUT OF POSTAL SERVICES

Parcels sent to EU (and that includes Ireland) ‘must have customs declaration form’

The Post Office is advising anyone who sends a parcel from Tuesday to attach the document to help avoid delays.

Post Office: A form does not have to be completed if a letter, postcard or document is being sent to an EU country.

By Bill Heaney

Local people are facing new rules over the sending of parcels to the EU in light of Brexit, the Post Office has said.

Any parcel containing gifts or goods that is being sent from Scotland to an EU country from Tuesday should have a customs declaration form attached to it.

Despite the customs label coming into effect on January 1, the Post Office is advising anyone who sends a parcel from Tuesday to attach the document to help avoid delays.

Amanda Jones, the Post Office’s retail and franchise network director, said: “We know that over the past few weeks, many people will have been preoccupied with thoughts about Christmas and the pandemic.

A form does not have to be completed if a letter, postcard or document is being sent to an EU country.

Around 45% of the total international parcel traffic received by Post Offices in Britain goes to EU destinations.

People posting a parcel from Northern Ireland to somewhere in the EU do not need to attach a customs declaration form, but one will still be necessary for parcels going to non-EU destinations.

It also notes that pet passports will not be valid from January 1, saying the process for taking a pet abroad could take as long as four months, and possibly longer.

If the UK is categorised as an “unlisted” country, a pet will need an EU-verified vaccination against rabies, the Post Office states.

Once a pet is vaccinated in the UK, its blood sample needs to be verified by an EU-approved testing facility, it adds.

Jane Heaney with her pet chuawawa, Ted. New rules mean it could now take four months to obtain a passport. Top picture is of Jackie Baillie MSP with local posties.

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