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9th November 2019 - Brexit Pause

We have another pause in the Brexit process, this time in order to facilitate an election in December.

Davies Turner welcomes the extension which means the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the inevitable disruption to trade is now off the table until at least 31 January 2020.
This means its currently ‘business as usual’, and there will be no changes to our European  road freight services until at least that point.

What are the future options?

  • If a Brexit deal is done any time before 31 December 2020 the UK will remain in the rules of the EU during an implementation/ transition period.  In effect business continues as if the UK is still in the EU until at least 31 December 2020 which is when the implementation period is due to end.

  • The implementation period exists to allow both sides to agree a future trading relationship. It is possible that the UK and the EU could extend that period further by up to 2 years while the UK and EU develop a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

  • At the end of the implementation period in December 2020 (or later) it may be the case, and is indeed likely, that customs formalities of some description will be introduced.

  • If no Brexit deal is done, the UK remains inside the rules of the EU until 31 January 2020 at least, before leaving without a deal.  A further extension may be agreed, but that is not certain, and much will depend on the landscape in Parliament.

Customers, partners and suppliers are urged be mindful of the need to continue to prepare for customs under any Brexit scenario.

Behind the scenes our no-deal planning activity is ongoing, as we maintain and improve upon levels of readiness already in place. The additional time should be used by all to ensure they have solid plans and processes in place for every possible outcome at the current 31st January deadline.

Our Brexit planning team, as well as sales and operational staff are ready to answer any further questions you may have.

20th September 2019 - Confirmation of Transit Sites

We have today met with the Deputy Director of Stakeholder Engagement at HMRC and sifted some of the information overload with HM Gov after over sixty updates in the last few days and upto 50 events each week announced.

The hot news is the confirmation of Transit sites. This is where Community Transit (CT) can be set. There are two further sites in development:

Government site: Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel using common transit

The good news is that we can set CT at our authorised hubs and proceed without having to go to these.

Arrangements for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) will be finalised at the end of next week. Watch this space, we expect this to include the welcome news that we will be able to discharge TSP from CT at our hubs.

For those interested in airfreight we are advised that “Flight Trucks” have been discussed at the Border Delivery Group last week and current clearance arrangements have been confirmed with the airlines. There will be no sorting or preference for these trucks in the event of queues. There are less easements in place for airfreight as airlines consider current arrangements to be robust and relevant. Safety agreements for flights to the EU remain under discussion.

A concern has been raised that the EU may require Safety & Security Declarations for empty trucks, there is a temporary waiver in the UK. 20% of all UK – EU trailers are returning empty so this is a real concern for flow.

Tomorrow we will attend the London Brexit Business Readiness Event at BEISS as we continue to strive to be ready and keep you all upto date

16th September 2019 - Getting ready for BREXIT


Last week the Brexit Team were front and centre as plans for the Transit Model in Kent evolve and HMRC held their Stakeholders Readiness Conference.

We challenged Michael Gove on HM Gov underwriting CT guarantees which he promised to “arm wrestle” the Treasury over.

Mr Gove has a clear message that the policy of HM Gov, deal or no deal is to leave the EU including the Customs Union & single market which means a future making customs declarations for trade with the EU.

Up to 150 pop up sites to  offer guidance to drivers around the country, 100 in UK and 50 in Europe have been announced along with new CT locations. DT are working as experts in a multi agency forum and directly with HM Gov to refine these processes. A detailed explanation will follow as plans develop.

New resources launched this week :

BEIS One Government Brexit Events 

BEIS is hosting a series of Business Readiness Event to help you find out what actions your business needs to take to prepare for Brexit.

The events will combine a keynote address, interactive support, advice stands and in-depth sessions led by subject matter experts. They will provide you with specific business-focused advice and help.

3 HMRC webinars

HMRC is running a series of webinars during September aimed at providing an overview for UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK. Topics to be covered include:

  • Why it’s important to apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number (EORI)

  • What Transitional Simplified Procedures are

  • How to prepare to make customs declarations

  • What Entry Summary Declarations are

  • How to pay the correct Customs Duty and VA

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 www.gov.uk/eori

  • 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 www.gov.uk/guidance/register-for-simplified-import-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal

  • Still confused about classifying your goods? Ensure you know the relevant commodity codes for your products (Import or Export) by visiting www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

  • 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

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