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The clock is ticking for importers as first Delayed Declarations deadline looms

UK importers who made the most of the Government’s Delayed Declarations scheme in January of this year, now have less than a month to complete customs. That’s the reminder from logistics specialist Rhenus UK, which is urging businesses to get their paperwork in order now so they don’t miss the rolling deadlines for customs clearance starting 25 June.

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK Government introduced Delayed Declarations, giving businesses importing into the UK up to 175 days to complete their customs declarations. For anyone who took advantage of this measure on 1 January 2021, their first deadline is 25 June 2021 and it‘s fast approaching.

The Government has extended the scheme to defer declarations to 31 December 2021 on a rolling basis, however it is important that importers remain vigilant and ensure that their supplementary declarations are processed as each 175-day deadline approaches. Missing the deadline may lead to an HMRC fine and removal of the right to delay future declarations.

Rhenus recommends businesses submit their supplementary declarations in good time to avoid the anticipated surge in brokerage requests prior to the first deadline date.

Gary Dodsworth, Managing Director Road, at Rhenus UK, commented: “The Delayed Declarations scheme has been hugely welcome for importers following the end of the Brexit transition period and, for many, a real lifeline to keep business moving. It’s vital that now we’re reaching the first deadline for completing customs declarations that this, and all subsequent deadlines, are met. For businesses that import regularly, there will now be rolling deadlines as the 175-day period for each import they’ve made from the start of the year ends.

“Brexit has brought with it a lot of challenges for importers and I urge them not to get caught out this far down the line. We’ve been working hard to support customers each step of the way on the Brexit journey and Delayed Declarations is no exception. We have a dedicated customs team that is providing an end-to-end service for customers to help ease the administration burden.”

To support customers with the implications of Brexit, Rhenus UK has invested in an extensive and dedicated customs division and support team, who are working closely with customers to support all their customs needs.

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