Brexit is around the corner – get prepared

From 1st 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 been closely monitoring and adopting latest regulatory changes. As a result, we offer expert guidance and customs services – so your freight keeps on moving.

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
Our automated customs solution

Customs can be challenging – and we understand that. As a nominated trusted partner towards the UK Government, we can provide latest insights and detailed advice to our customers to ease the pain of applying new customs provisions. Kuehne+Nagel will help you already at an early stage to ensure that your cargo is shipped and cleared in a complete and compliant manner.

Do you want to get prepared for customs clearance?

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We manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit. Here is what we need from you:

  • POWER OF ATTORNEY LETTER/LETTER OF EMPOWERMENT
    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 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
  • EXPORT DECLARATION
    If the shipper creates the export declaration independently, provide the MRN number of the export declaration (EAD) — to be inserted in the transport order — and handover the export accompanying document to the driver
  • COMMERCIAL INVOICE
    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
    Monetary value of goods and currency to calculate the customs duties and value added tax
  • INCOTERMS
    Agree on delivery terms with your business partners, as they define next to the organisation of transportation, who is responsible for the customs clearance and associated costs
  • UK IMPORT PROCEDURE: FULL DECLARATION OR CFSP EASEMENT
    Inform which UK import procedure will be used based on the UK Border Operating Model. 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 ENO in the transport order


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