As we are all aware at the moment there is much uncertainty on our exit from the EU with the date and/or will it happen. At this stage we can advise that in the event of an exit from the EU with no deal by the United Kingdom the borders with the EU will close meaning that all goods coming into the United Kingdom will be subject to import customs clearances where import duties and VAT will be payable to permit the entry of goods into the United Kingdom of which is the same process of third country imports (USA, Far East, Africa etc….).
You will already have an EORI if you import and export internationally. If you are a UK based company and trade with the EU only but don’t have an EORI our advice is that you arrange one asap in order to be able to continue shipping to/from the EU.
International container ports handling trade with 3rd countries we don’t forsee many issues other than those already in existence (congestion, weather strikes, etc hampering timings).
We anticipate the ferry ports of Dover, Harwich and Immingham will see disruption in the short term at the very least as the main gateway’s/border points for EU movements. Mechanisms to streamline collection of import duty and VAT with a view to lowering precessing times and avoid delays through the ferry ports for import arrivals are being mentioned by HMRC (eg. see Transitional Simplified Procedures).
In the event of a no deal exit from the EU the UK government has proposed an amendment to the current UK customs tariff schedule, of which has not yet been published or divulged to any traders, that would promote the import of merchandise into the United Kingdom with lower rates of duties payable but VAT remaining at the standard rate of 20%. We are also led to believe that in the event of no deal scenario at the end of March, all items into the UK will be duty free for an unspecified period of time except foodstuffs, food produce and automobiles.
All goods arriving into the United Kingdom will need to be customs cleared at the point of arrival into the United Kingdom (ie. Heathrow, Gatwick, Dover, Folkestone etc….) if inspections of goods will be required by any border force official this will be actioned at the place of arrival into the United Kingdom.
Please ensure you have in place both your VAT Number and Your EORI Number, if you need help arranging clearances we are happy to support.
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