The Brexit transition period came to a close on 31 December 2020, bringing with it an official end to the UK’s 47 year membership of the European Union (EU). Aside from the geo-political repercussions attached to this monumental date, Brexit has also seen changes to the ways UK businesses can trade with the rest of Europe. Indeed, under the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, how, what and where UK businesses can trade with EU member states have all been impacted. Affecting everything from custom charges, inspections and VAT after Brexit to the speed at which importing to UK ports and exporting goods to EU member states can take place, international trade has changed significantly. The question is – are you ready to adapt?
What you need to know
As the owner of a business based in the UK, it can be tricky to know exactly what is expected of you now. From new rules impacting UK exports to EU countries and EU exports to the UK, to questions around how new custom controls will impact your overseas trade deals going forward, and which countries, if any, could offer the best trade opportunities in the future, it can be all too easy to get lost in the details.
If you are still trying to get your head around what Brexit means for your business, Freightline are here to help. We have the expertise, knowledge and years of experience in the international freight industry to make post-Brexit exporting and importing as simple and seamless as possible for your business.
Importing and exporting after Brexit
While it is still fairly early days as far as Brexit goes, and knowing which businesses will be most affected remains difficult at this stage, what we do know is what all UK businesses now have to contend with when it comes to importing and exporting. Any organisation which relies on moving goods between the UK and the EU now has to undergo customs formalities and border checks that did not always take place pre-Brexit. Naturally, this can be time-consuming and affects a huge proportion of the UK’s economy, changing procedure in every industry from the retail and footstuff sectors, to those relating to farming, fishing and manufacturing.
To get you and your business up-to-date on the latest processes, check out our handy importing after Brexit guide which includes tips on what you should expect in the new post-Brexit landscape and how you can prepare correctly to ensure all of your UK imports from EU countries arrive seamlessly with minimal hassle.
We know that in all sectors, disruptions to the supply chain can have disastrous consequences. Our tailored services help to ensure this doesn’t happen.
One of the most significant changes post-Brexit has involved the introduction of customs clearance checks on each and every UK export and import. This means, with the end of free trade between Britain and members of the EU, all businesses now wishing to import/export goods have to comply with stricter custom rules. These checks include declaring all goods passing in and out of the UK, filling out more documentation at borders and ports, ensuring export and import VAT is properly paid and accounted for, and making sure product standards are met. This final point is especially important if your business deals in foodstuffs, livestock or certain restricted items such as pharmaceuticals, alcohol or tobacco.
While it helps to be clued up on these new custom rules, when you use Freightline you certainly don’t have to be a specialist. Here at Freightline, you can leave this to us – we can handle all customs declarations and border checks, ensuring your goods get to where they need to be as quickly and efficiently as possible.
A comprehensive service
For more detail on any specific areas of the Brexit changes that may concern you, click on the official sources below for additional information:
- UK Government transition site
- EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement classification
- EU Customs Tariffs
- UK Customs Tariffs
- Post-Brexit VAT EU rules
- Post-Brexit VAT UK rules
- EORI number details
- The origin of goods – EU guidance
- The origin of goods – UK guidance
- Importing food to Europe
- Importing food to the UK
To find out more about any of our services, or if you are concerned that changes to imports, exports and custom controls may impact what we can do for you, fill in the quick contact form below. A member of our dedicated staff will respond within 15 minutes of your enquiry.
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