Once the UK is no longer part of the EU customs union, all shipments to and from the UK will require customs handling. For this, every customer will need a so-called EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number that can be obtained from your country’s customs authority.
As an example, German customers can use the following links:
German link for EORI number
English link for EORI number
For imports into the UK, the UK government has introduced a staged approach to simplify customs procedures. UK importers will have the opportunity to enter non-controlled goods under the Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP), which offsets the need for a full border declaration until June 30th 2021. Under the phased approach, from January 1st to June 30th 2021, an import declaration can be made up to six months after the import of goods. Otherwise, the Entry Number (ENO) of the import customs clearance must be presented at the UK border in order to pass through.
Moreover, industrial and commercial enterprises will be able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, whereby import VAT only needs to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of entry into the UK.
Generally speaking, it is advisable to take account of all your shipments to and from the UK while considering possible impacts within your supply chain. The British government has already published extensive information to guide your import/export processes following Brexit.
Please also check in advance which Harmonized System (HS) codes your shipments will include. Websites such as Foreign-Trade.com can help you identify the HS codes you need.
If you require high-speed transport solutions, it is advisable to prepare for Brexit now as capacities are becoming increasingly scarce. Contact our customer hotline if you require more detailed information.
Finally, you have the option of deciding whether you want to perform customs clearance by yourself or outsource it to time:matters. Where we perform customs clearance on your behalf, we will require a power of attorney (POA) from you; we will request this once you make a booking with us.