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: www.gov.uk/eori
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: www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
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: https://iccwbo.org/resources-for-business/incoterms-rules/incoterms-rules-2010/
and at ICC Store at: http://store.iccwbo.org/icc-incoterms
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
- 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
- EORI number
- Importer details
- Exporter details
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: www.gov.uk/hmrc/eu-simple-importing
Gov.uk - 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
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: https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu