The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. From 1st January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do by contacting Global Customs Consultants for a Brexit Consultancy by visiting our contact page or by email

Brexit will affect your company if…

  • … it sells goods or supplies to the UK, or
  • … it buys goods or receives services from the UK, or
  • … it moves goods through the UK.

What does this mean?

Without a transitional period (as tabled in the withdrawal agreement) or a definitive arrangement, trade relations with the UK will be governed by general WTO rules, without application of preferences as of the date of withdrawal.

This means in particular that:

  • Customs formalities will apply, declarations will have to be lodged and customs authorities may require guarantees for potential or existing customs debts.
  • Customs duties will apply to goods entering the EU from the United Kingdom, without preferences.
  • Prohibitions or restrictions may also apply to some goods entering the EU from the United Kingdom, which means that import or export licences might be required.
  • Import and export licences issued by the United Kingdom will no longer be valid in the EU (EU27).
  • Authorisations for customs simplifications or procedures, such as customs warehousing, issued by the United Kingdom will no longer be valid in the EU (EU27).
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) authorisations issued by the United Kingdom will no longer be valid in the EU (EU27).
  • Member States will charge VAT at importation of goods entering the EU from the United Kingdom. Exports to the United Kingdom will be exempt from VAT.
  • Rules for the declaration and payment of VAT (For supplies of services such as electronic services), and for cross-border VAT refunds will change.
  • Movements of goods to the United Kingdom will require an export declaration. Movement of excuse goods to the UK may also require an electronic administrative document (eAD).
  • Movements of excise goods from the United Kingdom to the EU (EU27) will have to be released from customs formalities before a movement under Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) can begin.

What you should do?

All businesses concerned have to prepare, make all necessary decisions, and complete all required administrative actions as soon as possible, in order to avoid disruption.

Follow the checklist below and get to know which practical steps you need to take as soon as possible to be prepared.

Assess whether your business trades with the UK or moves goods through the UK.

If it does:

REGISTER your business with the national customs authority, to trade with non-EU countries.

You can find the contact details of the national customs authorities in this list:!Xr37YV

ASSESS whether your business is ready to continue trading with or via the UK by having the necessary:

  1. Human capacity (staff trained in customs matters);
  2. Technical capacity (IT systems and others); and
  3. Customs authorisations, such as for special procedures (storage, processing or for goods under the “specific use” rule).
ENQUIRE with your national customs authority about the existing customs simplifications and facilitations that are available for your business, such as:

  1. Simplification for placing goods under a customs procedure;
  2. Comprehensive guarantees, with reduced amounts or waivers;
  3. Simplifications for transit procedures.
CONSIDER applying for an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status from your national customs authority.
If you are registered for the VAT Mini-One-Stop-Shop in the UK, REGISTER in an EU27 Member State.
If you have paid VAT in the UK in 2018, SUBMIT your VAT refund claims sufficiently in advance of the withdrawal date for them to be processed.
TALK to your business partners (suppliers, intermediaries, carriers…) as Brexit might also impact your supply chain.
CHECK e-learning modules on Customs and Tax to see whether your or your staff needs extra training.
CONSULT for more detailed technical information the European Commission’s webpage which contains “preparedness notices” on a wide range of topics, including customs and taxes.

Brexit Consultancy

Our UK based compliance consultants will be please to help you with any brexit related question you may have. Contact us by visiting our contact page or by email