Postponement of further UK customs rules until end 2023

getreadyforbrexit.eu – The United Kingdom (UK) has postponed the introduction of customs rules announced for 1 July 2022 and beyond. In concrete terms, this means that for the time being, businesses do NOT need to prepare for:

  • Mandatory security declarations for all cargo – ENS
  • Certification for most veterinary and phytosanitary cargo
  • Checks on this veterinary and phytosanitary cargo at Border Control Posts
  • Certification and checks for all dairy products
  • Certification and checks for all remaining veterinary cargo

The UK government has announced its intention to publish a new regime for import controls in autumn 2022. This will be done in a Target Operating Model. Following this, a start will be made with the implementation at the end of 2023.

You can read the official statement of the British government about the postponement here. A translation of this information for the business community can be found on rvo.nl.

Please note! All existing customs regulations in the UK remain in force.

Additional security data (ENS) also mandatory for exports to the UK as of July 1

getreadyforbrexit.eu – From the 1st of July 2022, it will be mandatory to provide UK Customs with safety and security information in advance for all goods coming into the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union. This is done by means of a so-called Entry Summary Declaration (ENS). Such an ENS has already been mandatory for imports from the UK to the EU since the start of Brexit.

Who is responsible for submitting the ENS for exports to the UK?

The UK government has made the following subdivision for the submission of the ENS for cargo from the EU to the UK:

  • For unaccompanied transport, the ferry operator bears responsibility for the ENS
  • For accompanied transport, the transporter (or the party acting on their behalf) bears responsibility for the ENS

The British government explains all the requirements that the ENS must meet in a webinar with accompanying presentation:

Read the presentation Watch the webinar

How do the Dutch ferry operators deal with this?

Attention transporters! In practice, the above means for transport via the Dutch ferry operators:

  1. CLdN will take care of the ENS for both accompanied and unaccompanied transport. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Implementation is optional from mid-May. Obligatory submission of extra security data starts 1 July.
  2. DFDS applies:
    1. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, DFDS provides the ENS. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Introduction will start on 1 July.
    2. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the carrier (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier you will have to fill in extra security data in GVMS as from 1 July.
  3. P&O Ferries applies:
    1. For unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, P&O Ferries provides the ENS. Additional security data can be provided via the booking portal. Information on optional introduction will follow. Obligatory submission of extra security data starts 1 July.
    2. For accompanied and unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the carrier (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier you are required to fill in extra security data in GVMS as of 1 July.
  4. Stena Line applies:
      1. For unaccompanied transport via temporary storage, Stena Line provides the ENS. Stena Line is already asking you for the required extra security data via the booking portal.
      2. For accompanied or unaccompanied transport via prelodgement, the transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) is responsible for the ENS. As a carrier, you must then fill in extra security data in GVMS as of 1 July.

Summary:

Ferryoperator Unaccompanied transport
via temporary storage
Unaccompanied transport
via prelodgement
Accompanied transport
via temporary storage
Unaccompanied transport
via prelodgement
1. CLdN ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator
2. DFDS

 

ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)
3. P&O Ferries

 

ENS via ferry operator ENS via ferry operator not applicable ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)
4. Stena Line

 

ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf) ENS via ferry operator ENS via transporter (or someone acting on his behalf)

 

Please consult the websites of the ferry operators for more information.

Important for transporters! Pre-lodgement model requires notification in GVMS prior to departure

getreadyforbrexit.eu – For cargo that you are transporting to the UK conform the pre-lodgement model, you as a transporter must always take action before you proceed to the Dutch ferry terminal. This is what you need to do:

  • In the British Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you must link the declaration made in the UK to your trailer. You do this using the MRN(s) provided to you by the UK importer or their representative.
  • You specify the Goods Movement Reference (GMR) that is subsequently generated by GVMS when you make your ferry booking. Only if the ferry terminal has the GMR when your trailer arrives can your cargo continue without delay following its arrival in the UK.

Read here how you can obtain a GMR for each shipment 

One-time registration in GVMS
In order to be able to use GVMS for pre-lodgement shipments, you must submit a one-time registration as a carrier with the British government.

Convenient help for proper use GVMS
The British government offers various convenient manners to help you on your way with GVMS.

Inspection in the UK yes or no
Before arriving in the UK, you can easily check whether your cargo is subject to inspection via this convenient website of the UK government. All you need to do is fill in the GMR of your cargo. One click and you know where you stand. If inspection is indeed required, the website, which is available in thirteen languages, will also help you on your way.

UK government also helps you on your way!

getreadyforbrexit.eu – Like the Dutch government, the British government is also making every effort to optimally inform you about all the new requirements that are applicable to transport to and from the United Kingdom.

Keep business moving website
Lots of up-to-date information about the current and future rules for import and export in the UK is available at the UK government website Keep business moving.

24/7 Gov.UK Helpline for Urgent Border Crossing Issues
Is your cargo stuck at the border? For urgent enquiries, you can call the UK Customs Helpline (HMRC) 24/7: +44 300 322 9434, option 1.

For all other questions regarding imports into the UK – including registration in the Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) or obtaining a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) – the helpline number is +44 300 322 9434, available Monday to Friday from 08:00 until 22:00 and on weekends from 08:00 to 16:00.

Handbook for carriers
Through a Handbook for Carriers the UK government provides transport companies with a comprehensive reference guide detailing the rules for all different types of RoRo transport (accompanied and unaccompanied) between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Further options for questions
The British government (Gov.Uk) offers several ways to ask your questions. See the overview here.

Attention carriers! Temporary storage and pre-lodgement place new demands on import in UK

getreadyforbrexit.eu – Since the 1st of January, the British government has been using two different models for the entry of cargo into the UK: temporary storage and pre-lodgement.

Temporary storage
Goods entering the UK can be stored at the border at a temporary storage facility (often the terminal) for up to 90 days. For the transporter, nothing changes in the booking process or terminal call in the Netherlands. After the importer or their representative have submitted the declaration to British Customs, the goods travel on to their final destination.

Pre-lodgement
The British importer or their representative already submit the declaration before the ferry departs in the Netherlands. Attention transporters in the Netherlands! Before the driver proceeds to the ferry terminal, you must first link declaration(s) submitted in the UK to your trailer in the British Goods Vehicle Management Service (GMVS). Read here how this works. Upon arrival in the UK, the cargo can next usually continue immediately, or the driver is referred to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for inspection.

When temporary storage, when pre-lodgement?
The ports which are served by the Dutch ferry operators allow for both access models. Check this schedule for each ferry operator to see when temporary storage is applicable to your cargo and when pre-lodgement.

As a transporter, also be sure to carefully check for each shipment which model the British importer (or their representative) has selected: temporary storage or pre-lodgement. This prevents unnecessary delays at the Dutch ferry terminals and at the British border.

Please note! If you select the wrong model, this can often no longer be corrected after arrival at the Dutch ferry terminals. The shipment will automatically fall under the temporary storage model.

Prepare now for the health and phytosanitary certificate that is mandatory as of 1 July

getreadyforbrexit.eu – As of the 1st of July 2022, the British government requires a health certificate (veterinary) or phytosanitary certificate (plant products) for most of the veterinary and phytosanitary cargo that enters the UK. From that date on, these cargo types will also be inspected at the British border. The implementation comprises 3 steps:

1 July 2022: Certification + inspection most veterinary and phytosanitary cargo
This entails:

  • All other regulated animal by-products
  • All regulated plants and plant products (including floriculture)
  • Meat and meat products
  • Biological products

1 September 2022: Certification + inspection all dairy products
1 November 2022: Certification + inspection all remaining veterinary cargo

In the Netherlands, certification is performed by the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) and the various inspection services. Due to the large cargo flows that are bound for the UK, an operational approach with a minimal impact on logistics has been developed in consultation with the business community. As a precondition for this, it however is imperative that the relevant business community prepares properly. Now is the time to spring into action! The NVWA expects that parties that still have to start preparing after the 1st of April will be too late to catch the proverbial ‘early boat’ as of the 1st of July.

Certification procedure
In order to smoothly obtain export certificates, the government places many actions and responsibilities with the business community itself. Every company must comply with an extensive protocol for this. This protocol must be agreed upon and recorded with the NVWA or the relevant inspection service before the 1st of July. For phytosanitary cargo, a training course for company employees is involved as well.

Strictly operating according to protocol
Every company must be ready to operate according to the agreed-upon protocol by the 1st of July. Those who are not, will have to join the queue. It is essential that companies strictly adhere to the protocols. Otherwise, the government, from their responsibility for issuing export certificates, may impose additional requirements that guarantee correct operations, but hinder smooth handling.

More info
Many details about the forthcoming implementation of health and phytosanitary certificates, border controls, etc. are currently still being discussed by the European Union, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Thewebsite of the NVWA always features up-to-date information.

Transporters in the EU take note! New pre-lodgement model requires action prior to departure

getreadyforbrexit.eu – For cargo that resides under the pre-lodgement model, you as a transporter must take additional action before you proceed to the Dutch ferry terminal!

Pre-lodgement requires extra actions from transporters

One-time registration in GVMS 

In order to be able to use GVMS for pre-lodgement shipments, you must submit a one-time registration as a transporter with the British government. You can read here how to you will next receive a GMR for each shipment.

You must do this additionally for each shipment

In the British Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you must first link the declaration made in the UK to your trailer. You do this using the MRN(s) provided to you by the UK importer or their representative. You specify the Goods Movement Reference (GMR) that is subsequently generated by GVMS when you make your ferry booking. Only if the ferry terminal has the GMR when your trailer arrives can your cargo continue without delay following its arrival in the UK.

This is what you need to check for every shipment

Which model does your client use?
As a transporter, ask for each shipment which model the British importer (or their representative) has selected: temporary storage or pre-lodgement. You need to indicate this in your booking with the ferry operator. This prevents unnecessary delays at the British border.

Please note! If you select the wrong model, this can often no longer be corrected after arrival at the Dutch ferry terminals. The shipment will automatically fall under the temporary storage model.

Pre-lodgement and temporary storage: the differences and applications by Dutch ferry operators

getreadyforbrexit.eu – Since the 1st of January 2022, import declarations can be submitted to British Customs via two different models: Pre-lodgement and Temporary storage. The main features of both models:

Pre-lodgement

In the pre-lodgement model, parties already submit their customs declarations before goods are taken on board in the EU. The carrier next links these declaration(s) to a specific trailer via the British Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). The carrier uses the ensuing Goods Movement Reference (GMR) to gain access to the Dutch ferry terminal. With help of the GMR, the goods can usually immediately proceed upon arrival in the British port.

Temporary storage

Goods entering the UK under the temporary storage model may be stored at a temporary storage facility at the border for up to 90 days. After having been declared to British Customs, the goods next travel on to their final destination in the United Kingdom.

How do the ferry operators apply this

Each ferry operator/terminal in the UK decides for itself which model it chooses to use. The ferry operators active in the Netherlands do this as follows:

View access models to British ports Dutch ferry operators (subject to change)

Ferry company

British ports of call

 

Access model

 

CLdN
  • Purfleet
  • Killingholme
  • For import to the UK: the temporary storage model. Optionally, pre-lodgement is possible.
  • For through transit documents with ‘office of destination’ in the UK: the pre-lodgement model.

Attention! No GMR upon arrival at the Dutch terminal means automatic processing according to the temporary storage model (changes no longer possible).

DFDS
  • Felixstowe
  • Immingham
  • Newcastle
  • For import to the UK: the temporary storage model. Optionally, pre-lodgement is possible.
  • For through transit documents with ‘office of destination’ in the UK: the pre-lodgement model.

Attention! No GMR upon arrival at the Dutch terminal means automatic processing according to the temporary storage model (changes no longer possible).

P&O Ferries
  • Hull
  • Teesport
  • For unaccompanied traffic to the UK: the temporary storage model. Optionally, pre-lodgement is possible for through transit documents with ‘office of destination’ in the UK.
  • For accompanied traffic to the UK: the pre-lodgement model.

Please note! The following applies for pre-lodgement: no GMR upon arrival at the Dutch ferry terminal, no access

Stena Line
  • Harwich
  • Immingham
  • Killingholme
  • For accompanied traffic to the UK: the pre-lodgement model.
  • For through transit documents (accompanied and unaccompanied) with ‘office of destination’ in the UK: the pre-lodgement model.
  • For import to the UK: the temporary storage model. Optionally, pre-lodgement is possible.

Please note! The following applies for pre-lodgement: no GMR upon arrival at the Dutch ferry terminal, no access

Want to know more?

CLECAT Circular 2021/265 (BREXIT) – HMRC Webinars & Communication Materials

Clecat circular – We would like to share with you some useful information materials from the HMRC, as well as supporting documents to recent webinars, which form part of its engagement activity with stakeholders to ensure they understand the new obligations and processes from January 2022.

Related to haulier communication to support the use of GVMS as of 1 January 2022, enclosed you will find two guidance documents on import and export movements. Enclosed you will also find the slides presented by the HMRC during the import and export processes webinars, held on 1 and 2 December, along with two FAQs documents, produced from the webinars.

Enclosed you will also find the slides presented by the HMRC during the detailed webinar on GVMS, held on 6 December. The recording of the webinar is available here.

Additionally, enclosed you will find a presentation on Hauliers Customer Support Model and Business Continuity Plan, which provides an overview of the appropriate channels for stakeholders to direct any issues they experience.

We would also like to inform you that the HMRC has updated the list of ports that will use the GVMS from 1 January 2022, including the border locations using GVMS to support pre-lodged customs controls in Northern Ireland, the locations supporting pre-lodged customs controls for movements into Great Britain, the locations supporting pre-lodged customs controls for movements out of Great Britain, and the border locations using GVMS to support Offices of Transit. You will find the updated list here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ATTACHMENTS
  Haulier Customer Support Model And Business Continuity Plan.pdf
  Hmrc Exports Webinar 2 December 2021_Faq.pdf
  Hmrc Gvms Step-By-Step Webinar 6 December 2021.pdf
  Hmrc Imports Webinar 1 December 2021_Faq.pdf
  Hmrc Exports Webinar 2 December 2021.pdf
  Hmrc Imports Webinar 1 December 2021.pdf
  Gvms Haulier Guidance Exports.pdf
  Gvms Haulier Guidance Imports.pdf

 

Postponement does not mean cancellation! Stricter customs rules in the UK for all inbound cargo as of 1 January 2022

Newsletter getreadyforbrexit.eu – As a result of Brexit, the British government will start further tightening customs rules at the British border as of the 1st of January 2022. This has consequences for everyone who exports to the United Kingdom (UK). If you and/or your chain partners do not meet the applicable requirements, your cargo cannot continue its journey in the British port or even already in the Dutch port. Prevent your cargo from being delayed or even sent back, with all the (financial) consequences this entails.

This newsletter explains what you need to do!