All freight movements between the UK and the EU are now subject to customs procedures. Our priority is to maintain a seamless service to our customers, and although we have taken extensive steps to minimise any impacts caused by the introduction of customs, it is crucial that customers ensure the correct paperwork and necessary forms are completed prior to booking a shipment. Further details on what is required can be found below.
If you have moved goods between the UK and the EU since 1 January 2021 you will have already experienced the additional procedures and shipment information needed to complete a customs declaration for almost all goods.
From 1 April 2021 and 1 July 2021 additional procedures were due to come into place which focused on the movement of goods with animal origin and the introduction of full import controls on remaining goods. On 11 March 2021, it was announced both of these dates would be pushed back by 6 months and so businesses now have until 1 October 2021 and 1 January 2022 to understand what these additional procedures mean for their goods. You can find further information on these deadlines, and how they will affect the movement of your goods below.
From 1 October 2021, goods containing products of animal origin (such as meat, milk and egg products) will need to provide pre-notification to officials, accompanied by the relevant health certificate. Failure to present a health certificate for products of animal origin will mean the goods will be unable to move between the UK and the EU.
From 1 1 January 2022, full import controls, checks and relevant tariffs will come into place for all goods. Safety and security declarations will be required for imports from the EU into GB.
There will also be an increase in physical checks to ensure customs declarations are being completed accurately, extending to products of animal origin, where sampling may take place. Further details of these new procedures will be set out on the GOV.UK website.
The rules surrounding origin have become a stumbling block for many UK and EU businesses since the introduction of customs on 1 January 2021. To ensure you take advantage of the preferential tariffs for goods with either a UK or EU origin, you must include the below statement confirming origin as part of your commercial invoice on all goods with UK or EU origin.
Statement of origin:
(Period: from___________ to __________ (1))
The exporter of the products covered by this document (Exporter Reference No ... (2)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of ... (3) preferential origin.
(Place and date)
(Name of the exporter)
Further information of claiming preferential rates of duty for goods with a UK or EU origin can be found on the UK Gov website here.
In order to qualify for preferential tariffs rates on goods moving between the UK and the EU that have either a UK or EU origin you must ensure you include a declaration of origin on your commercial invoice. This has been detailed in full at the top of this page, and can also be found on the second page of our sample commercial invoice below. You do not need to include this export declaration relating to origin on your commercial invoice if none of your goods are of UK or EU origin.
You will need to provide us with the value, origin, gross/net weight, commodity code and what terms you are shipping under (Incoterms) for all shipments.
Please let us know if you intend to make use of postponed VAT accounting or a deferment account. You should do this by ticking the appropriate box on our Power of Attorney form (step 1). If you are using another broker, and therefore not completing our PoA form, please provide us with your preferences and permission to use them in writing at the time of booking.
Additionally, UK traders must speak with their clients and suppliers to obtain the following:
Wood packaging material must now meet ISPM15 International Standards when shipping to the EU from GB (excludes NI). This involves being heat treated and marked. Although with freight, this primarily applies to wooden pallets, it is needed for all raw wooden material over 6mm thick, so may include additional packaging.
You will need to ensure any wood packaging is compliant, or you may consider using alternative materials; corrugated, plastics etc.
Our dedicated teams across the UK are focused on providing a seamless service together with our customers, so we hope you can use the information above to ensure your shipments are ready to transport.
If you have any specific queries you can get in touch: