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Importing Goods To The UK

 

The UK has now left the EU, and is classed as a 3rd country in regards to trade to and from the continent. An FTA was agreed on 24/12/20 which eliminates duty on goods of preferential origin. January 1st 2021 saw new regulations come into force when it came to importing goods to the UK from the Continent and Northern Ireland.

Importing goods after Brexit has proved to be a very different procedure for many clients who were used to the previous EU regulations.

Operating post Brexit means customs clearance procedures and import tariffs are now in place for bringing goods into the UK, which is why here at Speedy Freight here to help our clients with their import compliance. 

Speedy Freight has been helping clients to make sure that this transition has been as smooth as possible when it comes to importing and exporting goods to the EU. We are able to implement customs procedures in line with government guidelines to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations on importing goods into the UK post-Brexit. 

 

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What do I need to know to import from the EU after Brexit? 

 

Whilst we have been working hard on our customers’ behalf; there are new regulations for traders as well.

We’ve put together a checklist for our customers to work through, to ensure we are working together to make this transition as uncomplicated as possible.

Download our Brexit Import/Export Checklist

 

Prior to the UK’s exit from the EU, any export or import from the EU was known as a free movement of goods, without requiring tariffs, checks or regulation. From 1st January 2021, any movement of goods to be imported into the EU is now required to pass through customs clearance. There are now partial checks in place for goods arriving into the UK, with full checks to be rolled out from October 2021.

Here at Speedy Freight, our goal is to make sure that all our clients are conscious of the rules for importing goods from the EU. The new regulation necessities governing import are as follows: 

 

Licenses You’ll Need To Import From The EU

 

There are a number of licenses that you may need to get before you can import goods from the EU. You may need to get licenses or certificates if you are importing any restricted goods to the UK (see full list here.)

Check That The Sender Can Export Goods To The UK 

When importing goods into the UK, it’s important to check that the sender is able to export goods to the UK. This will involve following the legislation and paperwork required to import goods into the UK by the country of export.  As per the government website, the company or individual sending you the goods may need:

 

  • to make an export declaration in their country
  • licences or certificates to send goods to the UK

so it’s important to check that whoever is sending the goods from the EU is able to export them from their country safely and legally. 

Though goods can be collected without customs documents, the driver cannot proceed to the exit port without the customs documents. Indeed, the driver will be unable to leave or enter the UK without specific documentation and reference numbers, so it’s essential to ensure all imported goods are compliant with new legislation. 

 

Import Declaration and Classifying Your Goods

Import declarations are an essential part of moving goods to the UK after Brexit. The UK currently operates by temporary measures, that allow for a transition in three stages during the first half of 2021, before full UK border controls are to be implemented from October, 2021.

 

Importing Standard Goods To The UK: 

 

  • Upon arrival of goods in the UK, only an entry into the importer’s records (EIDR) will need to be made (no import declaration must be lodged). 

 

  • This entry is to be followed by a supplementary declaration into the UK’s customs system, CHIEF, within 6 months of the arrival date. 

 

  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule. No Entry Summary declaration (ENS) is required January-October 2021). 

 

  • All products of animal origin (POAO) and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and presentation of the relevant health certificates.

 

  • Full or simplified import declarations are possible.

 

Regulation, Duties, Invoice & Documentation 

 

  • For all goods (including standard goods), import declarations must be lodged at the port of entry.
  • For the UK imports, the import declaration may be lodged at the port of entry, but for RoRo shipments, the UK import declarations must be lodged prior to departure from the EU.
  • ENS must be lodged at least two hours before arrival in the UK for shortsea transport and one hour before arrival at the French Eurotunnel terminal.
  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule.
  • Inspections will be made on SPS products at GB Border Control Posts and occur more frequently.

 

How Speedy Freight Can Help

 

Speedy Freight is well-versed in the duties, customs and declarations needed to import goods into the UK from the EU. Our teams are on-hand 24-7, 365 days a year to help all of our clients import goods safely, securely and on time. Our responsiveness, reliability and speed is second to none, which is why clients across all industries choose Speedy Freight to move their goods between the EU and the UK. With our Status Tracking app, follow your consignment’s journey to its destination; while our knowledgeable project managers can ensure the item is travelling in the most suitable vehicle we have to offer. 


From small vans to flatbeds and refrigerated vehicles, Speedy Freight’s fleet of over 4,000 vehicles means we’ve always got the perfect transportation for you. Our dedicated delivery drivers travel directly from A to B with no unscheduled stops along the way, moving your goods in their own vehicle to ensure efficiency and safety. 

 

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Northern Ireland Brexit

From 1st January 2021, new regulations became applicable on moving goods to and from the UK to Ireland, including NI.

Export declarations will need to be presented to HMRC prior to any goods being shipped from the UK to Ireland.

Import declarations, as well as Safety and Security declarations, will also be needed for Irish Customs again prior to the goods starting their journey from the UK:

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IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER BREXIT 

The UK has now left the EU and is now classed as a 3rd country in regards to trade to and from the continent. An FTA was agreed on 24/12/20 which eliminates duty on goods of preferential origin. 

Export declarations will need to be presented to HMRC prior to any goods being shipped from the UK to Ireland. 

Import declarations as well as Safety and Security declarations will also be needed for Irish Customs again prior to the goods starting their journey from the UK

  • Goods moving between ROI and GB (in either direction)

ROI are still part of the EU so full export and import entries are needed despite there being no border with NI. 

 

  • Goods moving from NI to GB

The UK government has promised “unfettered access” for NI goods moving to GB but the exact definition of such access needs further clarification and the issue of whether goods are “NI qualifying goods” will be critical to this determination.

Also, it is not yet clear whether exit summary declarations will apply in respect of the movement of goods from NI to GB. There will, however, be no entry summary declarations and no tariffs in GB.

  • Goods moving from GB to NI

Whilst still part of the UK, NI has a foot in both camps in regards to Brexit – they require customs entries on the goods but not full entries like the EU. The customer in NI will need to be registered with Trader Support Service (TSS) and have an EORI number starting with XI in order to do the customs entry.

Under the NI Protocol of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, EU tariffs may apply to the movement of goods to NI from GB if goods are deemed to be “at risk” of moving into the EU, or subject to commercial processing in NI.

 

Here at Speedy Freight we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that the transition to the new regulations is as smooth as possible for our customers who wish continue the movement of goods to the EU.  We have customs procedures in place in line with government guidance to make sure that we are compliant in all aspects of these new regulations.   

 

Goods moving between ROI and GB (in either direction)

As goods can’t be shipped without Customs Declarations being completed in both the UK and Ireland prior to departure; it’s important that the right documentation is sent in. 

With this we know that companies will have had to make changes in regards to systems to produce the correct documentation that is required. As a guide, commercial invoices will need the following information for shipments between the UK and Ireland – 

  • Buyer and Sellers full name and address 
  • Full description of goods, including the appropriate HS code. 
  • Value goods including the currency 
  • Origin of the goods (this may be different to that of the seller) 
  • Terms of Sale as per Incoterms 
  • Exporter and Importer EORI Numbers 
  • Number and types of packages 
  • Net and gross weights 

 

It’s is worth noting that certain commodities such as foodstuffs (animal or plant based products) may be subject to additional customs checks and controls. 

It is vital that the Importer have registered with the relevant bodies in Ireland and that all authorisations and necessary documentation is in place prior to the goods being loaded.  

If the customer does not have a customs agent in ROI, Speedy can appoint one but the customer must also send over a form to Revenue (Irish version of HMRC) to advise who they are working with. This can take minimum of 3 days due to increased workload and not enough staff. Only when the confirmation from Revenue is received will the import entry be started. 

 

‘At Risk’ Goods are those that will possibly be moving into the Republic of Ireland after they are imported. 

Any goods that that are moved into RoI will not have duties be refunded the new agreements set out.

Guidance is still limited on how any refund procedures will be handled.

 

Goods moving from GB to NI

The Trader Support Service (TSS) is in place to assist with customs formalities for goods moving to NI from GB. An Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) is needed prior to arrival, once goods have arrived the TSS will work with the Importer to complete an Simplified Frontier Declaration (SFD) so it is vital that the importer is registered with the TSS. 

Once the entry is completed on the TSS site and authorised by customs, a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) for the driver is needed. This is a barcode that is scanned on departure that covers the goods inside the vehicle. For ease for driver and customer, the best route to arrive into NI is either Larne or Belfast, arriving into ROI to transit up to NI can cause issues as other boarding passes are needed.

 

Details that are needed for an entry via TSS are: 

  • Confirmation that importer is registered with the TSS 
  • Importer & exporter EORI numbers 
  • Collection and delivery locations 
  • Consignment details – weight, goods description, package type 
  • Speedy job number 
  • Registration and nationality of the vehicle 
  • Dates of travel and arrival 
  • Route of travel
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What's happening and when

UK border controls and customs procedures take effect on January 1, 2021. Temporary measures will allow for a transition in three stages during 2021 before full UK border controls are implemented from October, 2021.

Imports of STANDARD goods to the UK

  • Upon arrival of goods in the UK, only an entry into the importer’s records (EIDR) will need to be made (no import declaration must be lodged).
  • This entry is to be followed by a supplementary declaration into the UK’s customs system, CHIEF, within 6 months of the arrival date.
  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule.
  • No Entry Summary declaration (ENS) is required for until October 2021.
  • All products of animal origin (POAO) and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and presentation of the relevant health certificates.
  • Full or simplified import declarations are possible.
  • For all goods (including standard goods), import declarations must be lodged at the port of entry.
  • For the UK imports, the import declaration may be lodged at the port of entry, but for RoRo shipments, the UK import declarations must be lodged prior to departure from the EU.
  • ENS must be lodged at least two hours before arrival in the UK for shortsea transport and one hour before arrival at the French Eurotunnel terminal.
  • Import duties are due at the rate set in the UK Global Tariff Schedule.
  • Inspections will be made on SPS products at GB Border Control Posts and occur more frequently.

Advantages of using Speedy Freight

Speedy Freight has a team on the ground, ready to take your call no matter what time of the day or night it may be. We’ll always be there to answer the phone, for those last-minute emergencies when you need courier support. Our same-day delivery team aims to be with you within one hour of you making your booking, because we know that emergencies just can’t wait. Whether you need to get your goods to France, Spain or Northern Ireland or there’s an unexpected issue – Speedy Freight is there.

Speedy Freight are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a year. We know that courier emergencies don’t just happen in the 9-5, Monday to Friday. Whether you’ve got a last-minute break in your supply chain on Christmas Day, or a part missing at midnight, Speedy Freight are the ideal couriers for you. The goods industry doesn’t stop – so nor do we.

Our five-star Trustpilot rating shows you that you can trust us: our response, our reliability and our efficiency is second to none. Airlines can’t afford to settle for less than the best – which is why you don’t have to.  Here at Speedy Freight, we’ll always strive to give you the very best service – so that you, and your passengers, never have to compromise.

At Speedy Freight, we know that you can’t leave anything to chance. You’ll never be left wondering where your consignment is, with our Speedy Freight Status Tracking option. Clearly see where your items are, and clearly track their journey – so you don’t have to wait a moment longer than you have to.

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