What is the latest on Brexit?
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The UK and EU have provisionally agreed on some major issues but are now focusing on key details. The two sides have agreed on a 21-month transition period, which ends in December 2020, to smooth the way for post-Brexit relations.
What if there's No-Deal?
The UK government has been planning for a no-deal scenario, while stressing it's unlikely.
If the UK leaves the EU with no-deal by March 2019, EU parcels would be treated the same as rest of world (ROW) parcels.
Importing Goods from Europe.
We import goods from Europe, watch this Government Brexit Explanation film that explains changes at the UK border under a no-deal in 10 steps.
What does a no customs agreement mean for cross-border shipments?
Currently there is free movement of goods across Europe, however, if there is no customs agreement post Brexit, parcels are likely to incur duties and require customs clearance.
Working with our customers in the no deal Brexit world.
With no trade agreement in place we would need to treat your EU-bound parcels the same way we currently treat our rest of world (ROW) parcels.
Exporting to and importing from the EU
In the recent Technical Notes issued by the government on 23 August 2018, businesses are advised to:
1. Put steps in place to renegotiate commercial terms to reflect any changes in customs excise procedures and any new tariffs that may apply to UK-EU terms.
We have already started to amend contracts to reflect this clause, and we recommend that our customers do the same with their contracts.
2. Businesses should consider acquiring customs software and/or engage a customs broker.
We already have measures in place to accommodate the customs clearance process, and our customers can also rest assured that we are very well placed to handle Eurozone imports and exports.
3. Businesses must use product classification codes and check whether any of their goods need an export licence.
We already have the correct codes essential to ensure our customers pay the right amount of duty, and we recommend that you start the process early by using the UK Government Commodity Code website for classification of goods (see 'Sources' section for a link to the government website). Most of our products are classified under the HS code 84818030.
You may need an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) if not using a third part freight agent. It is easy to apply with HMRC get an EORI number here. Typically it will be your VAT registration number with 000 at the end. Our VAT number is 712906644, our EORI Number is GB712906644000.
To apply you may need your:
VAT number and effective date of registration - these are on your VAT registration certificate
National Insurance number - if you’re an individual or a sole trader
Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) 10 digit number as found on tax returns - find your UTR number
business start date and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code - these are in the Companies House register
Government Gateway user ID and password
You can call HMRC EORI team, from experience very helpful, 0300 322 7067 Moday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
In the event of no trade agreement being in place, we will provide commercial or pro forma invoices with the data for us to be able to export your goods, our system will be updated in time for when we leave the EU to remain compliant.
Brexit Jargon Explained.
A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU with no formal agreement on the terms of the UK's withdrawal or new trade relations. At 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, the UK would default to WTO rules.
Leaving the EU but staying as closely aligned to the EU as possible. It could keep the UK in the single market or the customs union or both. It could involve British compromises on free movement of people, allowing EU citizens rights to settle in the UK with access to public services and benefits.
Leaving the EU and leaving both the single market and customs union. It could mean ending the right of freedom of movement between EU countries, the UK needing to pay money to be a member of the EU, and EU law overriding UK law.
An arrangement in which the UK would have to allow freedom of movement of people, make a contribution to the EU budget - smaller than it currently makes - and abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice, in exchange for remaining in the single market.
Refers to a free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada which removes lots of barriers to trade between the two, but not as many as the Norway model - and which involves signing up to more EU rules and contributing to the EU budget.
This proposal, also known as the hybrid model, would enable trade in goods between the UK and Europe without the need for customs checks. Some say it would help solve the Irish border question too, as the UK would collect the EU's tariffs on goods coming from other countries on the EU's behalf. If those goods stayed in the UK and UK tariffs were lower, companies could then claim back the difference.
In the end, either way; business will continue as usual as we implement the best solutions available.