It’s approaching…….

March 29th 2019 has came and went, however as a nation, we have yet to receive clarification on what the status of our future relationship with Europe will be.

In the WORST CASE SCENARIO we can assume that on exiting the European Union and the common market, our future dealings with Europe will be subject to WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules.

Knowing this, and based on current published processes, we are able to offer some level of guidance for typical scenarios that our customers may find themselves in. 

Government publications are being pushed out almost daily and this information is subject to change as the situation proves highly fluid. 

The information provided is also very much open to interpretation as our government scrambles to gain some semblance of an amicable solution. 

We therefore cannot guarantee that what we provide below will prove to be 100% accurate in all scenarios. 

These suggestions are offered to help you best prepare for a NO DEAL situation. Please take this guidance in the spirit that it is offered and be prepared for deviation as the time draws nearer. 

We have based the following suggestions on SIMPLE scenarios and does not include such situations where additional licences, prohibitions or restrictions or where more complex customs procedures arises. 

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I am a UK based SUPPLIER, selling goods to a CUSTOMER in the EU…

 
 
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EXPORTING FREIGHT FROM UK -> EU (Sender/Consignor)

  • Register for your EORI Number (Economic Operator's Registration and Identification Number). Without this you will not be able to import or export goods. If your company does not already have this number you can apply online at HMRC.gov.uk, its only a short online form and there is no associated cost involved.

  • BEFORE collection of the goods, you will need to prepare a COMMERCIAL INVOICE which contains important information required to allow the carrier to further process your goods for export. 

  • The carrier will process an EXPORT DECLARATION using the information provided on your commercial invoice, which will be ratified by the local customs authority and give the carrier permission to proceed with exporting the items. An additional cost will apply for the production of the export declaration. 

RECEIVING FREIGHT FROM UK -> EU (Receiver/Consignee)

  • The receiver will need to have registered with their respective national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (referred to as Third Countries, in this case, the United Kingdom). Their governments may at this point already advised them of the processes involved.

  • On arrival into EU destination country the goods may require customs clearance. This process can be completed by the IMPORTER (Recipient), their agent or by Liam Connolly (Roadfreight) Ltd's appointed local representatives (if we are handling the freight). The information from the commercial invoice will be used to generate an ENTRY DECLARATION and the recipient will be responsible for proving that the relevant import VAT and DUTY has been paid to the local revenue authority before the consignment can be released for delivery. An additional cost will apply for the production of the export declaration. 

  • The faster the recipient settles these charges, the quicker the goods can be made available for delivery.


I am a UK based CUSTOMER, purchasing goods from a SUPPLIER in the EU

 

EXPORTING FREIGHT FROM EU-> UK (Sender/Consignor)

  • The sender will need to have registered with their respective national customs authority to trade with non EU countries (referred to as Third Countries, in this case, the United Kingdom). Their governments may at this point already advised them of the processes involved.

  • BEFORE collection of the goods, the sender will need to prepare a COMMERCIAL INVOICE which contains important information required to allow the carrier to further process your goods for export. 

  • EXPORT DECLARATION will need to be completed and submitted to the Customs Authorities in the country of EXPORT. This can be handled by the Exporter, by their customs agent or by Liam Connolly (Roadfreight) Ltd's local representatives (if we are handling the freight). 

RECEIVING FREIGHT FROM EU -> UK (Receiver/Consignee)

  • Register for your EORI Number (Economic Operator's Registration and Identification Number). Without this you will not be able to import or export goods. If your company does not already have this number you can apply online at HMRC.gov.uk, its only a short online form and there is no associated cost involved.

 
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