Information as of August 2020
*please note this page will be updated as more information is received from the government*
The latest Government guidelines are very clear and state that regardless of future negotiations with the European Union, customs declarations will have to be completed when the transition period ends on December 31st 2020.
The Government has conceded that due to COVID–19 it is unrealistic for this to happen as of the 1st of January 2021 for all shipments. It will therefore be a phased approach, with controlled goods being subject to clearance as from January 1st 2021 with other commodities following suit later in the year. Controlled goods includes alcohol and therefore all importers of wines must be ready for the changes coming and ensure they have the necessary Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI) and have put in place the necessary measures to ensure their orders can legally enter the country from that date.
At Freight Transport we are busy preparing for January 1st 2021. We are in the process of setting up a new department and undertaking the appropriate training so that we will be able to accommodate customs clearance for all our customers.
As we all know, the guidance is fluid and currently firm rules have not yet been settled. Therefore, in the coming months our customers will receive regular and comprehensive update reports via email on this matter so that we can all stay informed and prepare for a seamless transition to the new normal, post–Brexit.
If you have any questions regarding Brexit please do not hesitate to call and have a chat! We will always share as much information as we have and help you prepare as best we can.