Brexit delayed until 31st January 2020

With the decision by the European leaders to give the UK a “Flextension” to the 31 January 2020 the cliff-edge departure from the EU has been delayed yet again. However, the NO DEAL Brexit is still the legal default position should no agreement be reached before end of January. If an agreement is reached before the 31st January, a Transitional period will commence and current customs regulations will continue to apply. The Transition period is scheduled to end on the 31st December 2020. During the Transition period he UK and EU will negotiate a Trade Agreement, however, should a Trade Agreement not be agreed during this period a NO DEAL Brexit could again be on the cards.

Everyone who is trading with the EU should therefore use this extra time to continue to prepare for a No DEAL Brexit. This means all goods transported between the UK and EU over the various routes and transport methods as Ro/Ro, Eurotunnel, Road, Rail, Truck, Containerised Cargo, Sea Freight and Air Freight including Courier parcels could be subject to customs clearance formalities after the 31st January 2020 or alternatively after the 31st December 2020 should no agreements be reached.

Telephone advice & consultancy available  - we can help you understand how to continue Trading with Europe using the new Customs controls after BREXIT

If you are trading with the EU you urgently need to take action and prepare for a NO DEAL event. It is also important to remember that even if the Government and the EU agree a transition period the final trade deal may include the UK leaving the EU and the Customs Union with No Free Trade deal agreed. In this situation there will probably be a requirement for customs clearance of all goods transported between the UK and EU.

Here are some of the most important things for you to check now!

Have You Got an EORI Number?

If you don’t have an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number you should apply for one now!  You need the EORI number to Customs clear your goods when you import or export.

It will only take a few days and is free. Apply at:

Do You Know Your Commodity Code?

You need to establish the Commodity Codes for your goods. You will need these codes to Customs clear your goods and to apply the correct amount of DUTY.

Check your Commodity code at:

Do You Know Your INCOTERMS ?

You need to establish your Incoterms (International Commercial Terms), which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts. The terms are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). 

Check your INCO terms at:
and at ICC Store at:

Do You Have The Right Documentation?

You need to be ready to provide the following commercial documentation and information for each shipment.

  • Goods Description
  • Packing List
  • Cargo Weight
  • Commercial Invoice incl. Sales Value and Currency for the Goods - Incoterms
  • County of Origin of the Cargo – this may be different to the country the goods are consigned from.
  • Commodity Code and Tariff Number
  • Licence requirements
  • Health or Phyto Certs
  • EORI number
  • Incoterms
  • Importer details
  • Exporter details

HM Revenue and Customs  - In 60seconds - 10 Easy Steps EU and No Deal Brexit

Watch the video here

HM Revenue and Customs simplifies importing from the EU as part of 'no deal' preparation​

Registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.

Information & Registration for Transitional Simplified Procedure here:​ -  Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a no deal EU exit

The partnership pack is designed to help you support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal. Check out the GOV.UK Partership BREXIT pack -  Communication resources & Step-by-Step guides  - preparing for a 'nodeal' EU exit & other Guidance for UK businesses that trade with the EU 

This link and resources provided by will hopefully help provide usefulf information Check out the GOV.UK Communication resources and step-by-step guides 

Moving goods to and from the EU through roll on roll off ports or the Channel Tunnel 

This link and resources provided by will hopefully help provide usefulf information Check out the resources here on ths link

Entry Summary Declarations - HMRC outlines phased approach for Entry Summary Declarations

Check the resources available using this link

How to find the temporary rates of customs duty on imports if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Check temporary rates of customs duty on imports after EU Exit NO DEAL - Find your Tariff heading and download the Rates ! - Click here for page or straight to dowloads page click

The Customs Tariff (Establishment) (EU Exit) Regulations 

Read this document to find out the legal classification and import rate for products being imported into the UK. Click here to find document on page


If in doubt or have any questions please talk to RJJ, we will assist you and clarify what you need to do. RJJ is well prepared for Brexit and we have expanded our Customs Clearance team to cater for a NO DEAL Brexit.

RJJ is AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) accredited by HMRC and therefore experienced and approved as a “Trusted Trader” by HMRC.

For more information please contact a member of the RJJ team:

Phone: +44 (0)1394 673466

Email: [email protected]

You can also find more information by visit the Government’s website: