The Eurogate group has been monitoring Brexit very closely over the past 18 months and are prepared for every eventuality. As a multinational European company, it is our sincere hope that the final Brexit agreement creates minimal disruption to the flow of cargo between the EU and the UK but we have procedures in place to meet any new requirements that may arise.
As the deadline draws closer and negotiations continue to stall, we are recommending that all of our customers and partners exercise caution and ensure they too are prepared for a no deal Brexit on the 29th March as a worst-case scenario.
A ‘No Deal Brexit’ would bring immediate changes to procedures meaning that all free circulation of movements of goods between the UK and EU would end. Businesses will have to apply the same customs/excise rules to goods moving between the UK and the EU as are currently applied in cases where goods move between the UK and a country outside of the EU.
Fortunately, here at Eurogate Logistics we operate freight services worldwide and therefore negotiate UK, European and many other international customs clearance procedures on a daily basis so we are in a position to assist our clients in any way necessary.
For the benefit of any clients who only have experience of moving cargo within the European Union, please be aware of the following basic essential criteria for customs clearance procedures.
- 1) EORI NUMBERS: Please check that your company has a valid EORI number. This is a vital requirement for customs clearance. If you do not have an EORI number you can apply for one here; www.gov.uk/eori
- 2) COMMODITY CODES: Individual commodity codes apply to all cargo transiting internationally and you must ensure that the correct commodity codes are in place for the goods you are exporting or importing. The codes are used in customs declarations and ensure that correct duty is applied. You can find out more about Commodity codes here: www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
- 3) COMMERCIAL INVOICES / PACKING LISTS: In order to transit customs all shipments must have a commercial invoice provided by the exporter and containing the following minimum information.
- a) Exporters full name and address including vat number and EORI number
- b) Importers full name and address, VAT number and contact details
- c) Description and value of goods
- d) Commodity Codes,
- e) Gross and nett weights, Packaging details
- f) Country of Origin.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above information or terminology please contact us at:
Eurogate Group have been involved in Customs clearance procedures throughout the UK and Europe for almost 30 years and have a wealth of experience to draw upon. We are here to assist and happy to offer any guidance you require.
If you have any questions or require further information please contact us.:
UK General Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 113 487 9999 ext. 204
Mobile: +44 7771 991252