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BREXIT UPDATE

6th March 2019

Despite recent announcements in the UK Parliament it is still possible that the UK will be leaving the EU under World Trade Organisation terms at 11pm (UK time) on the 29th March – the ‘No Deal’ scenario. P&O Ferrymasters will continue to move your cargo across the Channel, North and Irish seas in the event of a ‘No Deal’.

BREXIT UPDATEWe have been actively preparing our processes and Transport Management System (TMS) to help us do this.

To assist us in our continued preparation we ask that you supply some basic information, by answering this short survey - P&O Ferrymasters - Brexit - Survey - we will use the information supplied to populate our TMS, in advance of the 29th March 2019.

All goods travelling to and from the UK need to be declared to customs, at the point of export and import, the responsibility for doing this is determined by the terms of sales as agreed between the buyer and seller of the goods – the Incoterms are explained here. We have also attached a table that shows who is responsible for the customs declaration depending on the Incoterms *. The responsibility for fulfilling customs formalities during transportation is also described in the CMR convention.

* To view or download the Incoterms table click here

You also need to be prepared to deal with the new regulations as a result of the departure of the UK from the European Union. P&O Ferrymasters expects that you will arrange for customs declarations to be completed, via a customs agent or broker, so that we can continue to move your cargo as smoothly as possible. P&O Ferrymasters cannot currently arrange customs declarations.
Requirements

UK to EU
For each load we move for you we would expect that at the point of despatch, or before, you are able to provide:

1. Master Reference Number (MRN) related to the export declaration. This is to confirm the customs declaration has been submitted.

2. Information to complete the Safety and Security declaration, to include:

Details of the exporter; name, address and EORI number and contact details
The importers name, address, EORI number and contact details.
Split down by customs commodity / tariff code
- The goods description
- The package type and count
- The weight (net/gross)
If applicable the details of the customs brokers dealing with the export or import declaration

It will not be possible to access ferry terminals unless we have the MRN for the export declaration. Delays caused by not being able to access the terminals can be costly.

For shipments arriving from the UK into the EU, we recognise there are some differing requirements per country of arrival, however we would expect to receive the import MRN prior to the release of the trailer from the EU terminal. In the case of loads routed via Dover – Calais, this will be required prior to shipment from the UK.

3. MRN related to the import declaration

The information needs to be accurate and should be based on what is dispatched not what is predicted to be. 

EU to UK

For shipments to the UK you will be required to provide:

1. MRN related to the export declaration. This is to confirm the customs declaration has been submitted.

2. Information to complete the Safety and Security declaration, to include:

Details of the exporter; name, address and EORI number and contact details
The importers name, address, EORI number and contact details.
Split down by customs commodity / tariff code
- The goods description
- The package type and count
- The weight (net/gross)
If applicable the details of the customs brokers dealing with the export or import declaration

3. Assurance that an import declaration has been created prior to the departure of the goods from the EU terminal. The importer will be required to do this. For the Ro-Ro services to the UK you cannot complete customs formalities when your goods arrive in the UK, you’ll need to make your customs declarations before the goods leave the EU port (see this link - Importing to the UK). We would ask that you confirm for each shipment that a UK import declaration has been arranged, it can be costly if declarations are not completed as required and may result in delays.

Further information

The above information and requirements are based on our best understanding and interpretation of the current information in the marketplace, including government information, Ferry companies and trade organisations.

As more or different information is received, we will update and re-communicate our requirements.

This note is issued for guidance only and it is the responsibility of the exporter, the importer or our customer to ensure that all the necessary documentation is complete and made available in a timely manner.

To further assist you we have listed some useful links that may help your planning.

UK Government Brexit website
European Union
Irish Brexit page
Dutch Brexit page
English Brexit page
French Brexit page
German Brexit page
Romanian Customs page
Hungarian Brexit page
Italian Brexit page
Spanish Brexit page
Polish Government

P&O Ferrymasters has a dedicated contact point for Brexit; the team can be contacted at Brexit@pofm.com

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