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Brexit Update – A guide for importers to the UK

As we move closer to the 29th March without yet receiving clarification on our short, medium or long term future relationship with Europe please find below our updated guidance notes to help you prepare to allow the movement of your goods with as little disruption as possible.

In simple terms trade with Europe will be completed in a very similar way to trade with the rest of the world.

The below suggestions are based on current published processes as at 22nd February 2019. The rules in the event of No Deal are evolving almost daily with a series of ‘Easements’ announced by HMRC. Some of these easements may simplify what is described below. Please note that full details of some recent easements are not yet available so we cannot guarantee that our interpretation is 100% accurate in all scenarios.

These suggestions are offered to help you be best prepared for No Deal. We could put in a disclaimer at this point but we trust you take our notes in the spirit that they are offered.

The below guidance describes ‘simple’ scenarios. If the movement of your goods involves (amongst others) licences other prohibitions or restrictions, or involves more complex customs procedures such as inward or outward processing then please get in touch at your earliest opportunity so we can discuss specific arrangement to move your freight as efficiently as possible.

Guidance as follows…

If you are involved in the Export of goods from UK to Europe

Preparation as the Exporter – (probably you)

  • Obtain your EORI Number (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Export Declaration – an Export Declaration will need to be completed and submitted to HMRC. This can be completed by the Exporter, by their customs agent or (if we are moving the goods) by us.
  • To complete an Export declaration you will need to provide a detailed product description (ideally a commodity code) and the reason for export. There will be an additional cost for an Export Declaration.

Preparation as the Importer – (probably your customer in Europe)

  • Register your business with your national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (you may well already have done this but please check).
  • Import Declaration – under current guidelines an Import Declaration will need to be completed to allow the goods to be delivered. This can be completed by the Importer, their agent or (if we are moving the goods) by our local representatives. We will need confirmation that this has been completed and that arrangements have been made to settle import VAT and Duty prior to us arranging the final delivery leg.
  • The sooner this information is available the quicker the goods can be delivered to the importer.
  • There will be an additional cost for an Import Declaration.

If you are involved in the Import of goods to UK from Europe

Preparation as the Exporter – (probably your supplier in Europe)

  • Register your business with your national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Export Declaration – an Export Declaration will need to be completed and submitted to Customs Authorities in the country of export. This can be completed by the Exporter, by their customs agent or (if we are moving the goods) by our local representatives.
  • To complete an Export declaration you will need to provide a detailed product description (ideally a commodity code) and the reason for export. There will be an additional cost for an Export Declaration.

Preparation as the Importer – (probably you)

  • Obtain your EORI Number (you may well already have this but please check).
  • Apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). Current interpretation of easements suggests that this will allow you to arrange the Import Declaration at a time after the Arrival of the goods in the UK. This declaration will then need to be completed by the Importer or by their customs representative and Duty paid by a certain date. Please follow the below link to make your application.

Follow the link below to
Register for simplified import procedures (Transitional Simplified Procedures)

We hope that you find this useful to aid your planning.

In addition to the above we also provide a link below to the European Commission website that will take you directly to the most recent advice issued by them to EU Business. You may find this useful when discussing arrangements with your European customers and suppliers.

Download
European Commission Brexit Checklist For Traders PDF

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