UK Export & Import Customs Procedures

New Customs and Transit Documents now required at UK borders

Customs Declarations & Transit Documents with Salvatori - Dover and other ports

As the transition period has ended on 31st December 2020, we have now entered the new era in our trade relationship with Europe. The old EU trade rules no longer apply and Customs Declarations and Transit Documents have now been re-introduced as of 01/01/2021 in Dover and other ports. The UK Government have indicated new rules will be introduced gradually in a “three phase strategy”, which is a plan for the first six months of 2021. See details below. We can provide all of our customers with Export and Import Customs Declarations as well as Transit Documents for shipments transiting via Dover and other ports. We can offer this on all our services, including International Transport and Freight Forwarding.

Ferry at Dover Harbour
Export and Import declarations are now required
Customs documents
Salvatori can raise transit documents and customs clear every load
Phase 1 – from January 2021

Export. All exports from the UK to EU will be subject to customs clearance formalities from day one.
Import. Standard Goods imported from the EU (such as clothes or electronics) will have up to 6 months to complete customs declarations and pay any import duties.

Phase 2 – from April 2021

Import. Animal origin (such as meat, honey or milk) and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and relevant health documentation.

Phase 3 – from July 2021

Import. All goods will be subject to full customs declarations, tariffs and duties. Full safety and security declarations. Physical checks at UK Border Control Posts.

Export & Import Customs at Dover and other ports

As we came out of the agreed transition at 23:00hr 31 December 2020 (GMT). It’s vital that Importers, Exporters and transport businesses prepare in advance. Failure to do so will result in lorries being prevented from crossing the border. Both Export Import movements, now require Customs Procedures completed before goods can cross the border at all UK ports including Dover. ALL lorries must have complete documentation for ALL shipments BEFORE lorries will be permitted to board ferries or trains.

If you are importing or exporting goods between Great Britain & the EU, you will need to understand who is responsible for deciding how goods will be moved and who will submit paperwork on behalf of importers and exporters. The checklist below is designed to point you towards the basic decisions that need to be taken before you agree the EU sale transaction.

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Brexit Check List

*Please note this check list has not been arranged in any particular order, you should check all the points, depending on your business and your circumstances you may need to seek more guidance and information.

1. Have you agreed IncoTerms with your customer or suppliers?
Info: You need to agree terms of trade with your customers and suppliers ASAP. Incoterms define what part of the shipment and custom clearance process you are responsible for. Our simple Incoterms guide is here and you can find out more about IncoTerms here and here.

2. Apply for a Duty Deferment Account.
Info: Traders who import goods regularly may benefit from having a duty deferment account (DDA). This enables customs charges including customs duty, excise duty, and import VAT to be paid once a month through Direct Debit instead of being paid on individual consignments. VAT registered traders can instead account for import VAT on their VAT return using postponed VAT accounting. You can find out how to apply here and here. Link to application is here (you will need yor Goverment Gateway Login)

3. Have you got your EORI Number?
Info: UK Traders will need a UK EORI Number to be able to trade with the EU by road. To apply for EORI click here. Your EU suppliers and customers will also need their own EORI number, please make sure they have this – they need to follow their own country application process.

4. Do you know your Commodity Codes?
Info:
You need to know the commodity codes for the goods you will be moving. Commodity codes are needed for customs declaration. You will needs to communicate them to whoever is doing your customs declarations. A link to the UK Govt website where commodity codes can be obtained is here.

5. Have you decided and arranged who will do your custom declarations?
Info: Unless you’re planning to do it yourself, you must arrange for an agent or logistics company to arrange your customs declarations. Salvatori can help you with your Customs & Transit Documents via Dover and other ports. If you haven’t arranged your customs agent yet, please register your intrest using this form or contact us.

6. Are you ready to raise correct commercial invoice? Are your suppliers ready to issue correct commercial invoices to you?
Info: Not all Commercial Invoices produced by company accounting systems produce invoices that contain the right data to complete customs or other border processes. Traders need to act now to ensure goods are properly identified, you can find sample template in our Useful Docs section.

7. Do you need a special license?
Info: You’ll need to get a license or certificate to import or export some types of goods. If you move controlled goods such as Excise Goods, Foods, Chemicals, etc you may need an Export or Import license.

8. Can you register for simplified procedures?
Info: You may be eligible to register for simplified custom procedures. These are slightly different for Import and Exports, but they are designed to allow the start of the process by making an entry in your own records and make supplementary declarations later. Find out more on import and export simplified procedures. These however do not apply to controlled goods.

9. Is your packaging material compliant?
Info: From 1 January 2021 all WPM (wood packaging material – such as pallets, crates or boxes) moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking. All WPM may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU. You can find out more details here.

Have you got anymore questions?

If you have any questions or need some support and advise, please call us on 01227 722 247.

If you need a custom broker to complete your custom declarations for you, we can help. Please register your interest using this form.

Please also check our useful documents section here.