From 1 January 2021, full import controls and subsequently full customs declarations are 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 31st January 2020. With the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020, customs formalities became compulsory. Regardless of what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement outlines, customs formalities are required for all goods crossing the borders between the EU and the UK.
Make customs clearance a seamless experience for you
To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border or hampered deliveries, your easy Brexit solution helps you cut through the complexity of the customs clearance process.
By automating export and import customs procedures at an early stage, we ease the pain of data collection. That way, your customs data is ready for clearance at the EU and UK border, whilst your shipments are already en route.
Simple and straightforward, so you can focus on your business.
How does it work? Your easy Brexit solution digitally transfers export data from the shipper and collects import data from the consignee with an import validation process. As a result, export and import declarations are automated in compliance with both EU and UK requirements. It also takes care of additional demands, such as the safety and security messages that are required for every shipment.
Do you want to keep your goods moving smoothly?
EU and UK customs easements post-Brexit
Even with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in place, all movements of goods between both blocks are subject to customs procedures.
To simplify customs formalities the UK government has introduced a “staged approach” for imports into the UK. Based on this, UK importers have the opportunity to enter non-controlled goods under the so-called Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP), which offsets the need for a full frontier declaration until 31st December 2021.
What are the upcoming changes?
From 1st January 2022
- Import customs declarations required for all goods and deferred clearances no longer possible
- Customs checks on imports from the EU
- Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) mandatory for imports into the UK
- Pre-notification for products of animal origin (POAO) and documentary checks on the UK IPAFFS system
From 1st July 2022
- Safety and Security declarations (ENS) required for all UK imports
- Export Health Certificate required for POAO
- Pre-notification for Sanitary and Phytosanitary products on the UK IPAFFS system
- Physical checks at the Border Control Posts for animals and POAO, plus plants and plant products
In addition, traders are able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, whereby import VAT only has to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of the entry into the UK.
If goods comply with the Rules of Origin (RoO), zero tariffs and quotas are applicable on both EU and UK entries. The importer is obliged to prove the preferential origin with a “Statement on origin” provided by the exporter, alternatively with records fulfilling the criteria defined by “Importers knowledge”.
We manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit. Here is what we need from you:
Power of attorney letter/Letter of empowerment
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)
EORI numbers of exporter and importer
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. Includes EORI of Exporter and for UK-destined goods EORI of Importer.
To utilize the customs easement, the Statement on Origin (incl. REXnumber of registered exporter if goods value exceed €6000) needs to be
Customs tariff number (HS code) of the goods
Harmonised classification code of the goods
Description of 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
Agreed delivery terms with your business partners, as they define next to the organisation of transportation, who is responsible for organising customs clearance and associated costs.
UK import procedure: Full declaration or Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP)
Full UK import declarations will be required from 1st January 2022. For this procedure, the UK Entry Number (ENO) must be available prior to the EU departure. An exception is granted when the UK importer has its own CFSP authorization.*
* Based on the UK government’s Border Operating Model (BOM)