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The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and, with or without a deal, the way the UK trades with the EU is going to change.

Brexit’s going to change the way your shipments move, and we know it can be daunting or seem complicated – but our team have the relevant expertise needed, with years of experience, and we’re here to help you.

On 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period will end. Formalities between the UK and EU will therefore be in place from 1 January – are you Brexit ready? Download our documentation checklist for exports and imports

How does customs work?

Image to show UK customs clearance before and after 1 January 2021. Image shows that after 1 January, all UK-EU exports and imports will be subject to customs clearance, documentation e.g. invoices and certificate of origin, potential tariff codes, and potential duty - all depending on the trade deal.

When the transition period ends, the UK will become a separate Customs territory. Regardless of a deal, UK exports and imports will be subject to additional checks, and will have to be accompanied by important documents. If you trade internationally, such as with the USA or China, you’ll know a bit about this already.

As you can probably imagine, these changes could lead to delays beyond our control (although our AEO status will minimise this), so we’re working together with our customers, suppliers and partners, to ensure everyone is in the best position come January.

Our Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation

You might have heard a bit about AEO before – it’s an accreditation from customs, who audit businesses and grant the status when they pass rigorous checks. This means our customs controls and supply chain security procedures are highly efficient, compliant and meet UK, EU and international best practice.

The accreditation distinguishes us as a reliable, trusted trading partner and means your consignments are safer, more secure and less likely to face customs checks and delays.

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