The UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ended on 31st December 2020. From January 1st 2021 new regulations became applicable when moving goods to and from the UK to the Continent and Northern Ireland.
Here at Speedy Freight, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible for our customers who wish to import and export goods to the EU.
We have customs procedures in place in line with government guidelines to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations.
Are you Brexit-ready?
Whilst we have been working hard on our customers’ behalf; there are new regulations for traders as well.
We’ve put together a checklist for our customers to work through, to ensure we are working together to make this transition as uncomplicated as possible.
We can manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit.
Below is a list of what we need from you to get your goods moving:
2. EORI numbers of the recipient and sender
3. Invoice number and currency
4. Export declaration
5. Customs tariff number of the goods (HS codes)
6. Description of the cargo/goods
7. Values of the goods
Northern Ireland Brexit
From 1st January 2021, new regulations became applicable on moving goods to and from the UK to Ireland, including NI.
Export declarations will need to be presented to HMRC prior to any goods being shipped from the UK to Ireland.
Import declarations, as well as Safety and Security declarations, will also be needed for Irish Customs again prior to the goods starting their journey from the UK:read more
Goods moving between ROI and GB
- These goods will require customs procedures. In order for us to complete these procedures, as a minimum, we will require a commercial invoice for every shipment.
Goods moving from NI to GB
- The UK government has promised “unfettered access” for NI goods moving to GB but the exact definition of such access needs further clarification and the issue of whether goods are “NI qualifying goods” will be critical to this determination.
- It is not yet clear whether exit summary declarations will apply in respect of the movement of goods from NI to GB. There will, however, be no entry summary declarations and no tariffs in GB.
Goods moving from GB to NI
Under the NI Protocol of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, EU tariffs may apply to the movement of goods to NI from GB if goods are deemed to be “at-risk” of moving into the EU, or subject to commercial processing in NI.
If a UK/EU free trade agreement is negotiated the risk of tariff costs should be eliminated, however, import declarations will still be required.
Here at Speedy Freight, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible for our customers who wish to continue the movement of goods after the transition. We have customs procedures in place in line with government guidelines to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations.
As goods can’t be shipped without Customs Declarations being completed in both the UK and Ireland prior to departure; it’s important that the right documentation is sent in.
With this, we know that companies will have had to make changes in regards to systems to produce the correct documentation that is required. As a guide, commercial invoices will need the following information for shipments between the UK and Ireland:
- Buyer and Sellers full name and address
- Full description of goods, including the appropriate HS code.
- Value goods including the currency
- Origin of the goods (this may be different to that of the seller)
- Terms of Sale as per Incoterms
- Exporter and Importer EORI Numbers
- Number and types of packages
- Net and gross weights
It’s is worth noting that certain commodities such as foodstuffs (animal or plant-based products) may be subject to additional customs checks and controls.
It is vital that the importer has registered with the relevant bodies in Ireland and that all authorisations and necessary documentation are in place prior to 1st January 2021.
‘At Risk’ Goods are those that will possibly be moving into the Republic of Ireland after they are imported.
Any goods that are moved into RoI will not have duties refunded under the new agreements set out.
Guidance is still limited on how any refund procedures will be handled.
Border Operating Model
To afford industry extra time to make necessary arrangements, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.
A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.
Other Industries of Expertise
Speedy Freight doesn’t just serve as a courier for aviation. Our expertise has seen us work across myriad industries and sectors, ranging from delivering emergency lifesaving medical equipment overnight to moving stage sets for festivals. We’ve worked across retail, construction, manufacturing and many more. See below for a full list of the industries we serve.