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Brexit Update - The Border with the European Union- Importing and Exporting Goods.
16 July 2020

The UK Government published a Document on Monday 13th July 2020 titled The Border with the European Union- Importing and Exporting Goods.
 
We are in the process of understanding the complete contents of this document of over 200 pages, and how it will affect our Customers.
 
In the meantime if you wish to read this document, it can be found using the following link; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-border-operating-model
 
There are 2 further step- by- step guides which you may be interested to read;  importing and exporting.
https://www.gov.uk/prepare-to-import-to-great-britain-from-january-2021
https://www.gov.uk/prepare-to-export-from-great-britain-from-january-2021
 
 
As the document itself states, ‘’The UK’s (ongoing) negotiations with the EU will have no impact on the need to take these actions’’.
 
It is therefore very clear and unambiguous that Full Customs processes will take place on both Exports and Imports as from the 1st January 2020.
 
The following bullet points are the absolute minimum requirements for UK Importers and need to be put in place as a matter of urgency.
 
•           Apply for a GB EORI number.
•           Appoint a Customs agent or intermediary to help to complete
            formalities and submit the required declarations.  Alternatively, you
            may undertake these actions yourselves.
•           Apply for a Duty Deferment Account.
•           Prepare for payment of VAT by using postponed VAT accounting.
•           Find the correct commodity code(s) for your goods.
•           Commercial Invoices will be required to obtain Customs clearance and
             the correct Incoterms must be used.
•           You may also wish to consider applying for CFSP.
 
The following bullet points are the minimum requirements for UK Exporters and also need to be progressed with urgency.
 
•           Apply for a GB EORI number.
•           Appoint a Customs agent or intermediary to help to complete
            the formalities and submit the required declarations. 
            Alternatively, you may undertake these actions yourselves.
•           Consult the new Government tool- ‘Check duties and customs
            procedures for export goods’ on GOV.UK
•           Be aware that export consignments cannot leave a trader’s premises
            before Customs clearance has been undertaken goods have
            permission to progress.
 
We will as always endeavour to keep you fully informed, but please note that with 167 days to go,  now is the time to take action in order to ensure a smooth transition at the end of this year.
We will provide further updates next week, and plan to start contacting our clients accordingly.

Yours Sincerely,

A J Coffey
Director