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Brexit FAQs

25th January 2020 | by Aimee Spilsbury

Brexit FAQ
Here at Speedy Freight, we know that there’s still confusion and uncertainty around Britain’s exit from the European Union. It’s also important to make sure you’ve checked up on what Brexit means for your industry – and how it will affect your movement of goods in and out of Europe. Find the answers to some of your common questions around Brexit, with our Brexit FAQ section below.    


When is Brexit?


The UK officially left the European Union on 31st January 2020 with the months preceding  as a transitional year to sort regulations, legislation and trade deals.

From 1st January 2021 the UK became a separate trade entity with the EU.


What deal do we have?


A Free Trade Deal (FTA) was agreed on 24/12/2020 which allows goods originating in the UK/GB and EU to move freely without duty charges. If goods are from outside of the Union (such as China and Turkey) duty charges will be applicable.


What will this mean for my customers that import and export in the EU?


Previously any export or import from the EU was a free movement of goods.

From 1st January any movement to and from the EU will need an entry passed through customs.

Full checks will be in pace for goods leaving the UK into the EU, with the UK phasing in regulations for goods arriving into the country. These are due to start in October 2021 with full regulations applied from January 2022.


Do I need paperwork to move goods?


In short, yes. drivers will need to have a passport (minimum of 6m validation), currency of destination country (this may not be an EU member state), and Customs declaration paperwork.

No order must be shipped until we have a customs authorization; drivers will not be allowed to board a vessel or train to the continent without the correct paperwork.


We deliver to NI, is this any different?


Yes, it will be. There will effectively be a border in the Irish Sea to control goods arriving from the UK/EU. The Trader Support Service has been set up to assist with clearances of goods arriving into NI. Customers will also need an XI EORI number and be registered with the TSS.


Can the goods be collected without the customs paperwork?

Yes, but driver cannot proceed to the exit port without the customs documents. Driver will be unable to leave or enter the UK without specific documentation and reference numbers.

If driver does proceed and is delayed further due to lack of customs information, Speedy Freight will not be liable for any extra charges that may be incurred.


What is a deferment account?


A duty deferment account with HMRC lets you make payment for any duties & VAT due via Direct Debit for multiple consignments. You can apply for a duty deferment account if you’re an importer or someone who represents importers and have an approved guarantee or waiver in place.


Does Speedy Freight have one?


Yes, we have access to a duty deferment account which we will be using on behalf of our customers.


Is there a charge?


There will be a charge of 1.5% to use the duty deferment account which will be added to your invoice. (see further detail below).


What is the account used for?


Certain goods being transported will be subject to a duty charge, this charge will be calculated when the customs entry has been completed. To pay HMRC, Speedy will use the duty deferment account to pay for these duties to ensure that the goods will be cleared through customs so delivery can proceed quickly.


When do I pay?


Speedy Freight will send over an invoice for any applicable monies due once the entry has been completed, this will be for immediate payment either by BACS or Credit Card. To pay by credit card there is a 3% charge (cost of card transaction).


Can I pay HMRC myself?


Yes you can. Speedy Freight will send you the entry details and appropriate references in order for you to pay HMRC directly. We will need confirmation that the monies have been transferred before delivery can proceed.

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