So it’s happened. We have finally left the EU, and with a Free Trade Deal. But, as we have repeatedly said, deal or no deal, customs processes are required. Whether or not companies were able to make preparations in advance, much of the legislation was only communicated at the last minute.
Aside of the processes now required, this ‘late’ data, plus the fact that the Government website is still being updated after the actual event, has made it harder still. Even though everyone knew it was coming, being ‘prepared’ was like walking into a thick fog in the hope of finding the destination.
On the following pages you will find (I hope) useful information on the basics of what to do, what we can do for you, a few ‘legal’ bits, along with some issues we have had so far, and how to overcome them.
Just before you flick through, here are a few useful links. First the HMRC guides:
- HMRC’s step by step export guide: Exporting goods to the EU
- HMRC’s step by step import guide: Importing goods from the EU
And now a few more ‘direct’ links:
- To find HS Classification Codes, check the Trade tariff
- To determine the Customs Procedure Code, check out CPC codes (a more detailed links is here)
- Ensure you comply with Rules of Origin and that you state this on your commercial invoices so the consignee can claim preferential origin
- To find out if your goods are subject further control, refer to these export and import links
- Check if your goods need any Export licenses
- If your goods are animals or animal products, check which Export Health Certificate you need, and that your importer or their agent has registered for Traces
- If you are importing animals or animal products, check whether you need to register for IPAFFS
With the above preamble out of the way, let’s get down to the process.