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Customs and Brexit: Trade after Brexit

Brexit is Here

On January 1st 2021, the transition period ended, and the United Kingdom has officially left the European Union. Just in time, the European Union and the United Kingdom came to a Free Trade Agreement, which is now in place.

The new relationship between the two has changed how companies on both sides of the English Channel do business. Border controls are now in place, and importers and exporters need customs documents, certificates, and permits. Those weren’t necessary before.

Customs Support can assist with and advise on all customs related issues, but we can’t do that without you. Let’s take you through the most critical steps you need to take.

Master Data in Order

All data fields required for customs clearances must be correct and available within the company. Keep basic information such as the value, weight, volume, insurance, and delivery conditions in a structured database. A critical element that needs to be captured is a product description and the HS code (Customs Code) data. Enriching a product database with correct HS code information is a time-consuming process that requires specialist knowledge. Customs Support Consulting provides ‘classification services’ to help companies establish, enrich or update the product database for customs filings. You should make sure that data like the basic product information is correct.

Share Data Efficiently With Your Customs Partner

The increase in customs activities following Brexit puts enormous pressure on the customs authorities and the customs clearance industry. Manual input of customs filings is a challenge. As all filings are made digitally, and most data will be available in WMS or ERP systems, agreeing on a digital transfer of data with your Customs Agent will expedite your flows. You should align this transfer with your Customs Agent. Customs Support can receive and process customs data in multiple formats. We can process .xls/.xml/.csv and many other format documents or connect through, for example, an EDI connection straight with your IT infrastructure. Establishing a process takes time, so it is crucial to develop, test and agree on these processes as soon as possible if you don’t have this in place. Customs Support can assist in this process.

Documentation in Order

Customs Agents must obtain a power of attorney to provide customs clearance services. Every exporter/importer needs to process such a PoA. This is generally a time-consuming process, especially for freight forwarders and other entities with many clients.

Make sure all legal documentation is in order.

Customs Support can assist in preparing and gathering the proper documentation on time.

What can we do to help you?

Customs Support is a full-service Customs Agent with offices in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France and the United Kingdom. Besides customs clearance activities, Customs Support Consultancy offers advisory services to clients across Europe.

If you have any questions or issues concerning Brexit or any other customs-related matter, then please do not hesitate and contact us directly.