“Legal Brexit” is Officially in Effect; “Operational Brexit” Comes Later January 31, 2020 is the last day that the United Kingdom is officially a member of the European Union. 1-31-2020 On February 1, the UK enters the transition period, which brings no shipping, Customs, or regulatory changes. This means that you are able to book your shipments to the UK as you always have. At the end of the transition period, which will occur on December 31, 2020, it is likely that a “hard operational Brexit” will take place, when changes to Customs documentation will be necessary. We are continuing to monitor these developments closely and will update you accordingly. If you trade with the UK, it is best to begin relevant preparations. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news on Brexit at brexit.dsv.com.