BREXIT - latest 24-04-2019

Keep Preparing for every eventuality.

The new Brexit ‘flextension’ buys us some additional planning time, but extra time also means extra uncertainty for our partners and clients.

The EU, in an attempt to avoid a problematic ‘No Deal’ scenario have delayed to deadline for Brexit to 31st October 2019. It means Government has 6 months to come up with an agreeable solution – easier said than done perhaps!

What happens next?

Following the Easter break, the two main parties are once again re-engaging in talks to break the deadlock. If a ‘deal’ of any sort can be agreed with the EU and ratified in Parliament then the UK will officially leave the EU, and the official transition period will begin. Worst case scenario is that Parliament cant agree a way forward in time, and then the UK will leave the EU without a deal on 31st October.

At Davies Turner our readiness level for March 29th, April 12th and now possibly 31st October Brexit is reinforced by additional staff already now supporting our experienced teams. Areas outside of our business, and away from our direct control where preparations remained lacking now have the time to finalise process and procedure, enabling any immediate transition and ‘hard’ Brexit to be as smooth as it can be.

No time to relax!

Now is the time to continue planning, training and refining systems and process. Trading with Europe ‘post Brexit’ will never be as easy as it is today. Now is the time to ensure your supply chain is ready.

  • Do you have your EORI number? If not, apply now at
  • Did you already apply for TSP? If not we urge all clients to do so in order to benefit from any simplifications it affords you following Brexit. Apply now at
  • Still confused about classifying your goods? Ensure you know the relevant commodity codes for your products (Import or Export) by visiting
  • Is all this info held in one place? Davies Turner will require commercial information for each and every shipment including all of the above information and more. See our Checklist for Invoices for more information.

For additional information concerning Brexit, contact your local branch contact, or dial 0330 030 1870

Our advice is constant, and those wishing to Import from or Export to Europe should follow a number of simple steps, which if completed enables Davies Turner to handle your business against optimum timeframes and in compliance with expected new rules and procedures

  1. Act now: If you do not have an active EORI this will be needed for Customs Clearance, Import or Export. We cannot collect or move your goods 'post Brexit' if we are not in receipt of this. Its free to apply and currently takes just a few days. All customers without an EORI number must apply now at
  2. Act now: Establish the Customs commodity codes and incoterms for your goods. This will allow you to apply the correct rate and amount of Duty and keep you compliant with HMRC
  3. Act now: Complete our letter of empowerment - Download the document for completion


Commercial invoices will be mandatory for each shipment, and must contain

  • Importers details
  • Exporters details
  • Packing details (or packing list)
  • Weight
  • Sales value and currency
  • Incoterms
  • Country of origin
  • EORI number
  • Commodity Codes
  • Complete our letter of empowerment


Why Davies Turner ?
  • Davies Turner is uniquely placed to use the existing customs clearance skills and systems that support over 100 trucks per week to and from Turkey & North Africa among our non EU specialist  services.
  • Alongside our trailer services Davies Turner is one of the largest Sea freight groupage operators, handling clearances at every site.
  • We already use a variety of ferry routes and ports by road.
  • Our UK depots are approved for customs clearance allowing us to by-pass congestion within the ports and proceed for clearance by the Davies Turner Clearance team inland.
  • In 2010 Davies Turner were among the first to be awarded AEO status, we are therefore experienced in operating in a “trusted trader” environment.
  • Existing Clearance and Operations Teams are being bolstered with a nationwide recruitment plan, and in preparation with our award winning IT teams, including software and infrastructure.

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