Trading with Europe?

Are you ready for the enhanced border controls due from 1 January 2022?

Additional measures are being introduced from 1 January 2022 for goods moving between Europe and the United Kingdom. These will affect both imports to the UK and exports to the EU, however, there will be a temporary suspension of these arrangements for goods imported from the island of Ireland. Very specific regulations for food produce are being introduced in stages throughout 2022.

The six-month grace period for declaring imported goods to HMRC currently in place is ending; this has allowed goods to be imported without a customs clearance declaration. From 1 January, goods which have not been customs cleared or, in the case of imports, covered by a transit document consigned to an inland customs approved location, will not be able to enter or leave the UK.

HMRC will be using the GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service) at most short-sea ports to ensure goods are properly declared in advance. In most cases, it will be the responsibility of carriers to ensure customs declaration numbers are associated with the GVMS which will create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR), which will need to be presented at the port or terminal of loading.

It will be essential that documentation is produced, and customs formalities completed before goods arrive at the channel ports, which may have implications on supply chain lead times in many instances.

Please see our latest Brexit webinar below:

For further support with European freight, please contact [email protected].

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