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The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the 2016 Referendum and this came into effect at midnight on 31 January 2020. Brexit essentially means the UK is no longer a member of the Single European Market or EU Customs Union.


Moving freight to Europe post Brexit is very different to what we’ve been used to and on 1st January 2021, the new rules came into effect. Additionally, the UK no longer enjoys EU-negotiated preferential terms when trading with non-EU countries. The UK now sets it’s own import tariffs as well as defining new standards and negotiating new trade deals throughout the world. 


If you plan to import or export to or from the EU, all freight movements are now subject to new customs excise procedures requiring freight leaving the UK bound for the EU to have an export declaration in place before it receives export clearance.


Additionally, It is now a legal requirement for all wood packaging material (including pallets, boxes and crates) moving in both directions between the UK and the EU to be compliant in the International Standard for Phytosanitary measures No 15 (ISPM15). It’s a monumental change that has fundamentally impacted freight forwarding worldwide.


As Customs Clearance Specialists, you can rely on us to manage efficiently and effectively, all of your freight requirements and we can provide the following services for you - simply contact us for an initial discussion, we would be delighted to support you. 

We can work with you to ensure you are adhering to the new legislation in the following areas:

  • Customs Authorisation

  • Customs Charges Advice

  • T1 Information

  • Rules of Origin Statements

  • Transit Indemnity

  • Exporters and Importers Checklists

  • Common Transit Convention

Do you have an EORI number?

If not, you will need to apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number on the GOV.UK website. Your EU-based customer needs to know that they can’t use UK-issued EORI numbers in EU countries post Brexit. They’ll need an EORI number issued in their own country or another EU nation.


We can help guide you through this.

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