Your easy Brexit solution for simplified customs clearance

The UK formally left the EU on 31st January 2020. With the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020, customs formalities became compulsory. Regardless of what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement outlines, customs formalities are required for all goods crossing the borders between the EU and the UK.

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 31st January 2020. Regardless of the outcome of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations, customs procedures will become compulsory when the transition period ends on 31st 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 30th 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.

Border crossing between the United Kingdom and the European Union

 

Make customs clearance a seamless experience

To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border or hampered deliveries, your easy Brexit solution helps you cut through the complexity of the customs clearance process.

By automating export and import customs procedures at an early stage, we ease the pain of data collection. That way, your customs data is ready for clearance at the EU and UK border, whilst your shipments are already en route.

Digital

Digital   

Minimal manual work needed
from your team.

Automated

Automated    

Accelerate your customs
declaration process.

Compliant

Compliant    

Make sure you meet post-Brexit customs regulations.

Complete

Complete       

Reduce your risk of border disruptions.

Our automated customs solution

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.

How does it work? By digitally processing export data from the exporter, collecting import data from the importer, and merging them to create an export and import declaration, you comply with both EU and UK requirements. Your easy Brexit solution also takes care of additional demands, such as the safety and security messages that are required for every shipment.

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EU and UK customs easements post-Brexit

Even with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in place, all movements of goods between both blocks are subject to customs procedures.

To simplify customs formalities the UK government has introduced a “staged approach” for imports into the UK until 30th June 2021. UK importers 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. In addition, traders are able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, whereby import VAT only has to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of the entry into the UK.

If goods comply with the Rules of Origin (RoO), zero tariffs and quotas are applicable on both EU and UK entries. The importer is obliged to prove the preferential origin with a “Statement on origin” provided by the exporter, alternatively with records fulfilling the criteria defined by “Importers knowledge”.

We manage your shipments both ways. Here is what we need to submit your exports and imports declarations:

  • Power of Attorney Letter (EU) & Letter of Empowerment (UK)
    To authorise Kuehne+Nagel to act as your direct representative in the completion of customs declarations (only needs to be completed once).
  • EORI numbers of exporter and importer
    The Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a prerequisite for customs clearance of goods in the EU and the UK.
  • Export declaration
    If the shipper creates the export declaration independently, provide the Movement Reference Number (MRN) of the Export Accompagnied Document (EAD) — to be inserted in the transport order — and handover the export accompanying document to Kuehne+Nagel.
  • Commercial invoice
    Stating terms & conditions, value, quantity and description of goods. Customs duties and valued added tax are calculated based on the value of goods and currency.
  • Customs tariff number (HS Code) of the goods
    Harmonised classification code of the goods
  • Description of goods
    Concise description of the goods in local language, including gross/net weight and number/type of packaging.
  • Value of goods
    Value of goods and currency to calculate the customs duties and import tax.
  • Incoterms
    Agreed delivery terms with your business partners, as they define next to the organisation of transportation, who is responsible for organizing customs clearance and associated costs.
  • UK import procedure : FULL declaration or Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP)
    Inform which UK import procedure will be used based on the UK Border Operating Model (BOM). The option needs to be confirmed and initiated prior to the EU export. If Kuehne+Nagel is not commissioned to prepare the full import declaration, provide the Entry Number (ENO) in the transport order.
  • Goods complying with preferential origin based on Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK
    Up to a value of EUR 6,000: preferential statement on the commercial invoice is accepted. As of EUR 6,000: exporters need to apply for registered exporter status (REX).


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