At the moment it is still unclear what arrangements will need to be in place after 29th March 2018 (the official current departure date of the UK from the EU), but to assist our customers we have set out what is known so far
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In the unlikely event of this scenario, HMRC are currently talking about the possibility of allowing EU goods to be ‘waved through’ British Ports, without any border checks.
Under government back up plans being discussed, Importers, or their agents, or Hauliers, would file a simplified form online in advance and pay any duties and taxes later, in a bid to avoid major delays at the border. The importer would then have to update the computer entry within 24 hours to tell HMRC the goods had arrived. The proposals are being considered as a temporary fix that would last for at least a year in order to avoid serious shortages in goods and other supplies
Under the plans, called Transitional Simplified Procedures, registered businesses (EORI/VAT registered) would be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without making a full customs decleration at the border and would be able to postpone paying import duties until the month after import.
In this more likely scenario, some form of declerations will be required, on both import and export traffic,although what form these will take is still to be settled upon by the Government and HMRC
A delay on departure from the EU. This in our opinion seems a far more likely scenario for quite simple reasons. The infrastructure to cope with departure is simply not in place. The lack of agreements between all parties has meant Agents and importers/exporters and hauliers have simply not been told what to prepare for, and the computer system upgrades and staff training and recruitment needed cannot be done in time.
Whatever happens, we hope to be prepared to assist our customers in maintaining friction free import and exports
We can assist whatever should be needed.
We will keep you updated as we have more updates.