Information about Brexit
The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on the 31st January 2020. We are now in a ‘transition phase’ that will last until the 31st December 2020, during this eleven-month period both sides will negotiate their future relationship.
The ‘transition phase’ could have been extended but we have now gone past the point that this can happen.
As from the 1st January 2021 there will be a requirement for declarations to be made to customs as your goods travel in and out of the UK and the EU.
Declarations are required when goods are exported and when goods are imported, so it is vital that you prepare and that you engage with your customers to make sure they are prepared.
The UK has indicated that it will not operate a ‘hard border’ as from the 1st January 2021 but will have a phased approach over a six month period; you will still have to arrange for declarations to be completed but your goods should not be delayed at the UK border. Changes will come from the end of June 2021.
There will also be a requirement to complete declarations for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from the beginning of 2021. There should be no need for declarations for goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, but this could change.
When leaving the EU, it is important that an export declaration is created at the time your goods are collected. You will need to share the details of the export declaration along with accurate information of the goods loaded with us so that the vehicle will not be delayed at the EU port.
When arriving in the EU your goods will not be able to continue onward unless they are cleared by customs or a guaranteed transit form is created. In some cases, the declaration to customs must be ready before the goods sail from the UK and for some EU counties the goods can be declared when they arrive in the EU. The rule applies based on the first country of arrival in the EU and is not based on the destination country.
How can we help you?
Please do not leave it too late to make arrangements for your customs declarations, capacity is limited – we can build this capacity for you, but we need to hear from you now.
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