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From 1 January 2021, full import controls and subsequently full customs declarations will be required on all goods crossing the borders between the United Kingdom and the European Union. To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border or hampered deliveries, Kuehne+Nagel has created a unique, automated and digital data processing solution to make customs clearance a seamless experience for you.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​UK and EU customs requirements will become mandatory

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. Regardless of the outcome of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations, customs procedures will become compulsory when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, possibly increasing the current demand for customs formalities fivefold.

In order to support trade, the British government has introduced a temporary "staged approach" for imports into the United Kingdom and the so-called "Customs Freight Simplified Procedure" (CFSP). With the importer's CFSP authorisation, standard goods can enter the UK by presenting the importer's EORI and initiating the import declaration afterwards. Under the staged approach, available from 1 January to 30 June 2021, the import declaration can be completed within six months after the goods entered.
Else, the Entry Number (ENO) of the import declaration must be presented at the border to enter the United Kingdom. 

Also, traders will be able to utilise the postponed VAT mechanism, where import VAT only has to be announced for, but not paid at the time of entry in the UK.

This imminent situation requires proper preparation to avoid goods from being delayed.​​​​

​​​​​Make customs clearance a seamless experience

​​​Customs can be challenging – and we understand that. To ease the pain of data collection and to help you move your goods smoothly, we have developed an easy and automated solution. It digitally processes export data from the exporter, collects import data from the importer and merges these to create an export and import declaration complying with both, UK and EU requirements.

Simple and straightforward, so you can focus on your business.

Our easy customs solution takes care of additional requirements, such as the security documents that will be required in the future for every shipment to and from the UK in a fully automated way.

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We manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit. Here is what we need from you:

To authorise Kuehne+Nagel to act as your direct representative in the completion of customs declarations, also referred to as Letter of Empowerment (only needs to be completed once)

The Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a prerequisite for customs clearance of goods in the European Union and the UK

If the shipper creates the export declaration independently, provide the MRN number of the export declaration (EAD) — to be inserted in the transport order — and handover the export accompanying document to the driver. From January 1, 2021 also required for goods values below EUR 1,000.

Customs duties and valued added tax are calculated based on the value of goods and currency.

Harmonised classification code of the goods

Concise description of the goods in the local language allowing the correct classification of tariff number. Including gross/net weight and number/type of packaging

Agree on delivery terms with your business partners, as they define next to the organisation of transportation, who is responsible for the customs clearance and associated costs

Inform Kuehne+Nagel which UK import procedure will be used based on the UK Border Operating Model. The option needs to be confirmed and initiated prior to the EU export. If Kuehne+Nagel is not commissioned to prepare the full import declaration, provide the ENO in the transport order.

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