Our Import & Export business service

The UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ended on 31st December 2020. From January 1st 2021 new regulations became applicable when moving goods to and from the UK to the Continent and Northern Ireland.

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

Are you Brexit-ready?

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 Import/export checklist here

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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Goods moving between ROI and GB

 

  • These goods will require customs procedures. In order for us to complete these procedures, as a minimum, we will require a commercial invoice for every shipment.

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.
  • 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

 

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.

If a UK/EU free trade agreement is negotiated the risk of tariff costs should be eliminated, however, import declarations will still be required.

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

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 has registered with the relevant bodies in Ireland and that all authorisations and necessary documentation are in place prior to 1st January 2021.

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

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

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

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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 the first half of 2021 before full UK border controls are implemented on July 1, 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 a 6-month period (January-June 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.

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