As of January 1, 2021, it will be mandatory to present customs declaration forms to customs officials when your goods travel between the UK and the EU.
Customs declarations are required when goods are exported and imported, consequently it is vital that you are prepared in advance and that you engage with your customers to make sure that they are also fully prepared.
The UK has indicated that it will not be operating as a ‘hard border’ from January 1, 2021, but will deploy a phased approach over a six-month period; you will still have to arrange for customs declaration forms to be completed, but your goods should not be delayed at the UK border. Changes will come into effect at the end of June 2021.
When leaving the EU, it is important that an export declaration is lodged at the point in time when your goods are collected. You will need to share the details of the export declaration along with accurate information of the goods that are loaded with us so that the vehicle will not be delayed at any EU port.
Upon arrival in the EU, your goods will not be able to continue onward unless they are first cleared by customs or a guaranteed transit form is lodged.
In some cases, the declaration form for customs must be ready before the goods sail from the UK, while for other EU countries the goods may be declared upon arrival in the EU. This rule applies on the basis of the first country of arrival in the EU and is not based on the destination country.
Please do not leave it too late to arrange your customs declarations on time as capacity is limited. We are able to build in this capacity for you, but we do need to hear from you as soon as possible.