From 1 January 2021, full import controls and subsequently full customs declarations will be required on all goods crossing the borders between the United Kingdom and the European Union. To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border, or hampered deliveries, Kuehne+Nagel has created a unique, automated and digital data processing solution to make customs clearance a seamless experience for you.
UK and EU customs requirements will become mandatory
The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. Regardless of the outcome of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations, customs procedures will become compulsory when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, possibly creating an environment which is five times the current demand in formalities.
To simplify customs procedures, the UK government has introduced a “staged approach” for imports into the UK. UK importers will have the opportunity to enter non-controlled goods under the so-called Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP), which offsets the need for a full frontier declaration until 30 June 2021. Also, traders will be able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, where import VAT only has to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of entry into the UK.
This situation is calling for a proper preparation to avoid goods being delayed.
Make customs clearance a seamless experience
Customs can be challenging – and we understand that. To ease the pain of data collection and to help you move your goods smoothly, we have developed an easy and automated solution. It digitally processes export data from the exporter, collects import data from the importer, and merges them to create an export and import declaration complying with both, UK and EU requirements.
Simple and straightforward, so you can focus on your business.
In addition, there is the flexibility to meet any other data collection demand, which might become necessary at the end of the transition period, like the safety and security regulations for every shipment to and from the UK.
Do you want to get prepared for customs clearance?
We manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit. Here is what we need from you:
Power of attorney letter
To authorise Kuehne+Nagel to act as your direct representative in the completion of customs declarations, also referred to as Letter of Empowerment (only needs to be completed once)
EORI numbers of recipient and sender
The Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a prerequisite for customs clearance of goods in the European Union and the UK
Invoice number and currency
Included on the commercial invoice
Customs tariff number (HS code) of the goods
Worldwide uniform classification code of the goods
Description of goods
Concise description of the goods
Value of goods
Monetary value of goods and currency to calculate the customs duties and value added tax
Agree on Incoterms with your business partners, as they define who is responsible for the customs clearance and associated costs