We know Brexit is complicated, but we're here to help ensure your shipments move seamlessly. That's why we put our in-house Brexperts to the test, to help answer any questions you're bound to have.
A: If you export or import between the UK and the EU, yes. The way you trade is going to change. Before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, your shipments between the UK and EU aren’t subject to customs checks, tariffs and additional requirements. Following 1 January 2021, this will change and every export and import will need additional documentation. If you already trade with international countries like the USA or China, you’ll be aware of some of the additional requirements. Even if there’s a deal between the UK and EU, the UK will have its own customs territory, borders will remain strict and therefore customs checks will be in place. If there’s no deal, exports and imports will also be subject to tariffs according to the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
If you export and import internationally, this may also be affected, as leaving the EU’s Customs Union will mean changes to some of the UK’s current trade deals.
A: Our team have been preparing for years, and our in-house Brexperts understand that you might feel daunted by the new measures that will come into place and affect the way you currently trade. We’ve been contacting our customers over the last year to ensure everyone’s prepared for a worst-case scenario. We’ve prepared export and import guides and checklists which you can download.
A: Whether there’s a deal or no deal Brexit, the UK will leave the EU’s Customs Union, meaning that customs documentation will be required for every shipment. If there is a new free trade agreement, this will most likely reduce or eliminate the need for tariffs, quotas and licenses for certain types of goods, depending on its terms. Either way, it will be necessary to complete customs documentation and to pay import VAT at destination.
A: Unfortunately, whether or not there is a deal, it will be necessary to create customs documentation, and to clear every shipment, on its exit and entry, leading to additional costs. However, these costs are tiny compared to the fines or consequences of delay that might arise if your goods move without the correct paperwork – which is why it’s so important you check you’re ready. Although we’re here to help you, the responsibility lies with the exporter and importer of every shipment to ensure goods are correctly declared to customs.
A: Michael Gove, the Brexit Minister, predicts “maximum queues of 7,000 port bound trucks in Kent and associated maximum delays of up to two days” if businesses are not properly prepared for Brexit. Our AEO accreditation means our shipments are likely to pass through borders with minimal checks. However, unfortunately it’s likely there’ll be delays at the ports, with long queues, especially at the start as customers, hauliers, freight companies and customs adapt to the change.
A: We’re publishing information as it arrives, and you can look out for our Brexit blog here. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, where we post regular updates too, and remember to check back at this page for new news. For the most up to date information, check the Government’s website here.
A: All of our team are Brexit-trained, and if you speak to someone who doesn’t know the answer, rest assured you’ll be passed over to someone who does!
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