We have created this Brexit advice page in order to share updates with you as the actual facts and legislative changes are clarified. We will continue to share headline changes and reminders between now and January 31st 2021
The Business Secretary has sent a letter to UK businesses to alert them that the end of transition is approaching and how their businesses could be impacted, such as:
- New rules on importing and exporting goods
- New rules on hiring from overseas and visa sponsorship
The need to check the latest guidance on moving goods into, out of or through Northern Ireland
A copy of this letter can be found here:
Here’s a copy of the letter: transition-letter-to-all-sectors
Key Changes to Customs Requirements for Non- Document Shipments to and from EU Destinations
With effect from January 1st 2021 all non-document shipments to and from EU countries will require the same customs declarations as are already required for Rest of the World non-document shipments. If you already use our MyFlight system to book and produce your non-document paperwork to the Rest of the World you will be familiar with the process and our system will produce your EU shipping paperwork in exactly the same way.
The information required to ship a non-document item anywhere in the world will be identical:
- Sender and consignee address details
- Consignee contact telephone and email address ( in case of duties and taxes due, Customs will contact the consignee for payment thereof)
- Full description of goods
- Reason for export
- Country of origin
- Value for Customs (used to calculate any import duties or taxes on arrival)
- Commodity Codes (also used to calculate any applicable import duties or taxes on arrival) – CLICK HERE for a useful guide
Potential duties and taxes and de minimis thresholds have yet to be agreed as part of the final Brexit deal still in negotiation (as of November 13th 2020). Regardless of the agreement reached over these the requirement for the correct accompanying customs declarations and paperwork will not change.
Customs Requirements for Overseas Postal Shipments
All “non – document” items travelling by post globally (including EU destinations) will need similar paperwork to that which is already required for international courier and freight shipments. Anyone selling goods on-line to overseas clients will be affected. For further information CLICK HERE
VAT & EORI
If you are importing into or exporting out of the EU from January 1st 2021 you must be EORI registered. EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification number) is separate to VAT registration but can be linked to it. An EORI number registered with HMRC is used in the process of customs entry declarations and clearance for both imports and exports to or from the EU and outside the EU. Whilst VAT registration enables the reclaim or payment of VAT on sales and purchases – they are 2 entirely separate activities. To move goods between Great Britain and the EU your EORI must start with the GB prefix.
You do not need to be VAT registered to obtain an EORI number but the 2 often go hand in hand. Registration is free and straightforward and you can APPLY HERE
For Northern Ireland – If you move goods between Northern Ireland and non EU countries you will also need an additional EORI for NI – this will start with an XI prefix. If you already have a GB EORI HMRC should automatically send you an XI EORI in December. For help with this CLICK HERE. You cannot apply for an XI EORI without already having a GB EORI – so apply for your GB EORI first please.
International standard for wood packaging
This includes art crates and pallets. All wood packaging must have the ISPM15 stamp. You should ensure that all palletised work we collect from you is compliant, if we have to re-palletise or re-crate this is likely to delay your shipment and add in extra costs.