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Brexit Update – A guide for UK Import and Export

After months of contingency planning (us and I am sure you) we are now days away from a potential exit from the EU and still do not have legal certainty on the UK’s short to medium term relationship with the EU and on the processes and procedures required to allow goods to be traded.

I am now writing to advise what we as a haulier will be able to do for you to assist you in completing successful transactions between UK and Europe.

The majority of the goods we move are done via Eurotunnel. This is a key part of our dedicated driver accompanied service and will remain so whatever the outcome of Brexit. Our dedicated overnight transit ensures fast transfer of goods between our hubs which then allows for fast delivery of goods. Eurotunnel will continue to operate as now, facilitating the fast movement of goods and (subject to the additional paperwork and processes detailed below being completed in time) we will maintain the same transit SLA’s as we offer you now.

Eurotunnel are very clear in their message to us on several key areas

  • That we should only attempt to check in a vehicle that has had all customs formalities completed. These customs formalities always include an element relating to the Exporter and an element relating to the Importer. It is essential that we are provided with information on both of these – Please see Appendix 1 listing what information we will need.
  • That ‘Goods which fall under Special Regulations’ should not be transported on the same vehicles as ‘routine Items’ – please see Appendix 2 for a list of Goods which fall under Special Regulations.

In order to maintain a fast service for you we will apply the following principles

  • We will only load goods onto the International Vehicle once we have confirmation that all Export and Import Formalities have been completed. This does not necessarily mean that the goods will not be collected but does mean that they will remain in the country of collection until such confirmations are held.
  • We will only load ‘Routine Items’ onto our scheduled overnight service. This does not mean that we cannot move your goods if they fall under “Special Regulations” but does mean they will move in a different way which will may alter the transit schedule and cost.

Your last minute check list should now be as follows

If you are Exporting Goods from UK to EU

  • Do your Goods fall under Special Regulations.
  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Who will be arranging your Export Declaration, we can do this but are also happy for you to arrange this in another way.
  • Can you provide a Commercial Invoice and Packing List with a Detailed Description of the Goods (HS Code) and the Reason for Export (Customs Procedure Code) to whoever is arranging your Export Declaration.
  • Have you checked that your customer has done everything that they need to do? They are the Importer and it is just as important that they are ready otherwise they will not receive the goods.

If you are Importing Goods from UK to EU

  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Once you have received a copy of the Commercial Invoice and Packing List from the Exporter have you made the necessary arrangements to pre lodge an Import Declaration? This needs to be completed in your own country. We have representatives who can assist you directly but are happy for you to arrange it another way. This process includes planning to pay duty and VAT via a deferment account.

If you are Exporting Goods from EU to UK

  • Do your Goods fall under Special Regulations.
  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Who will be arranging your Export Declaration? We can assist you with this via our representatives in your country but are happy for you to arrange it another way.
  • Can you provide a Commercial Invoice and Packing List with a Detailed Description of the Goods (HS Code) and the Reason for Export (Customs Procedure Code) to whoever is arranging your Export Declaration.
  • Have you checked that your customer has done everything that they need to do? They are the Importer and it is just as important that they are ready otherwise they will not receive their goods.

If you are Importing Goods from EU to UK

  • What is your EORI Number.
  • Have you registered for Transitional Simplified Processes (TSP) and do you know how to make an Entry In Declarants Records (EIDR).
  • If are not able to register for TSP, once you have received a copy of the Commercial Invoice and Packing List from the Exporter have you made the necessary arrangements to pre lodge an Import Declaration? This process includes planning to pay duty and VAT via a deferment account.





Appendix 1

Your checklist of the information that we will need prior to loading your goods to an International Trailer.

To Move Goods from UK to EU

  • The Exporters EORI Number.
  • The Export Movement Reference Number (MRN) and ‘Permission to Proceed’ confirmation.
  • The Importers EORI Number.
  • The Import Movement Reference Number (MRN).
  • The Importer (and/or their representatives) email contact details so we can notify them when the Goods have Crossed the Frontier.

To Move Goods from EU to UK

  • The Exporters EORI Number.
  • The Export Movement Reference Number (MRN) and ‘Permission to Proceed’ confirmation.
  • The Importers EORI Number.
  • Either
  • Confirmation that the Importer have registered for Transitional Simplified Processes.
  • Or
  • The Import Movement Reference Number (MRN) if a Full declaration is being completed.
  • The Importer (and/or their representatives) email contact details so we can notify them when the Goods have Crossed the Frontier.





Appendix 2

Goods that fall under Special Regulations and therefore will not move smoothly on usual services

This is not an exhaustive List and may be interpreted differently by Customs authorities in the UK, France, the Benelux Regions or the authorities in the other EU States, there is generally consistency in these main categories.

  • Excise Goods
    • Energy Products and Electricity
    • Alcohol and alcoholic Beverages
    • Manufactured Tobacco
  • Plants and Plant Products
  • Fish and Fish Products
  • Live Animals and Animal based products
  • Endangered Species
  • Healthcare Products (Medicines)
  • Controlled drugs
  • Drug precursor chemicals
  • Chemicals
    • Toxic Chemicals
    • Ozone depleting substances and hydrofluorocarbons
    • Mercury, mercury added products and mixtures of mercury
  • Waste
  • Anti-personnel mines
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Nuclear materials
  • Offensive weapons
  • Pyrotechnic articles including fireworks
  • Realistic imitation firearms
  • Rough diamonds
  • Torture equipment

It remains our belief that we will not leave on 12th April with No Deal but assure you that we are as prepared as we can be to continue to support you should that be the outcome.

If you have any specific questions then please do not hesitate to contact me directly at rob@twente.co.uk.