Is your business ready for Brexit, no matter what the outcome?

Here at GP Logistics, being at the forefront of independent customs clearance services in the UK, we are keeping close to all the latest developments within the Government, HM Revenue & Customs, Software providers and trade associations (British International Freight Association, Institute of Logistics & Transport etc).

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Brexit Preparation

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.

We don’t need to tell you that Brexit, its implications and outcomes are at the forefront of many people’s minds, not least GP Logistics, fellow members of the Graypen Group and all involved in international trade.

Here at GP Logistics, being at the forefront of independent customs clearance services in the UK, we are keeping close to all the latest developments within the Government, HM Revenue & Customs, Software providers and trade associations (British International Freight Association, Institute of Logistics & Transport etc).

The truth is no-one knows at this point how Brexit will play out; however we do strongly recommend that all customers ensure that they do plan for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit as a worse-case scenario.

No Deal

If you currently move goods to or from any of the 27 other EU Members, in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario then all these movements will be subject to import or export customs clearance.  There has been speculation that this could have a major impact on traffic flows at key ports.

We would suggest that if you have not already done so, that you do at least the following as a matter of urgency.

  • Obtain an EORI (Economic Operator Registration Number). You MUST have one of these to be able to customs clear in your name. Its free and only takes 10 minutes to apply online. This should take a few days – link here: https://www.gov.uk/eori
  • Ensure that you know HS (Harmonised System) tariff codes for your goods. This classifies your goods for import and export and enables you to know what rate duty will be applied on import. Link here: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
  • If you don’t yet have a customs clearance agent – then find and nominate one – ideally AEO authorised and a member of professional / trade association. GP Logistics would be happy to handle this for you.

How can we help?

We have been speaking with key clients for the last year or so regarding preparations for a no deal Brexit, as well as other key areas following the UK leaving the EU.

  • AEO Authorised  – meaning that we are authorised by HMRC as a ‘trusted trader’  This is an internationally recognised quality mark which shows that our role in the international supply chain is secure and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. It’s not mandatory, but gives quicker access to some simplified customs procedures and, in some cases, the right to ‘fast-track’ shipments through some customs and safety & security procedures.
  • Customs Control Centre – Situated in Newport and having just moved to larger, more modern offices, we offer a 24/7 service and have customs ‘badges’ for all major UK ports meaning we can customs clear on your behalf online through DTI (direct trader input)
  • Import Licencing – Many of our customers import products that require an import licence. We can assist you with this and many of our customers delegate this important task to us.
  • EMCS  – We are specialists in EMCS (Excise Movement & Control System)
  • Help and advice. We would be pleased to advise on any customs issue you might have, join the hundreds of companies across the globe that trust GP Logistics to handle customs formalities in the UK on their behalf.

Additional useful links for ‘no-deal Brexit’

Imports

  • For imports, please refer to the ‘Trading and moving goods from the EU to the UK if the UK leaves with no deal’ page. Process diagrams are here:
  • This information was also discussed in an HMRC live webinar which took place on 22 March and is now available online for you to view.
  • HMRC’s online EU Exit Customer Forum can be used to ask questions of HMRC officials and has answers to previous business queries on subjects such as EORI, TSP and VAT.
  • Further changes to import customs procedures to remove admin and cash burdens (all reflected in the guidance mentioned above) HMRC has announced changes to its Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) scheme, details of which can be found here.  Once a business has registered for an EORI number, it can take the simple next step and register for TSP.  Both are free and quick to do.  The business will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make full customs declarations at the border or pay import duties straight away, to allow time to prepare for standard import processes.  The headline changes are:
    • an extension of the date when the first supplementary customs declarations must be submitted, and any import duties must be paid, to 4 October 2019, with subsequent declarations submitted monthly
    • making TSP available at all UK ports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, not just roll-on roll-off road freight locations, as previously announced
  • For most goods imported using TSP, traders will be able to delay putting in customs declarations for the first 6 months after EU exit. Businesses will have until 4 October 2019 to submit declarations and pay any import duty for goods imported up to 30 September 2019. After that, customs declarations and payments will need to be made on the fourth working day of the following month. HMRC is also giving importing businesses until 30 September 2019 to provide a guarantee that is required to cover any customs duties that they wish to defer. This will apply for all importers, not just those who have registered for TSP.
  • More details on making declarations by TSP is available here.