Request Quote Request Booking
german flag polish flag

Important Brexit News

We would like to draw your attention to the latest position concerning customs documentation for transports between the UK and EU with effect from 1st January, 2021 as this will impact on the work that you are currently undertaking.
As you may be aware, the UK Government has “formally confirmed” to the EU that the UK will not extend the Brexit transition period. This means that some form of Customs Clearance formalities will be introduced for all UK/EU and EU/UK movements as from 1st January 2021.
We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to briefly explain how we believe Customs Clearance formalities will work (unless the ongoing negotiations agree a different system) and highlight any action you and your European partners/customers will need to take to prepare as best as possible in the short time available.
UK Exports to the EU (General Cargo – Excluding goods moving under ATA Carnet)
All goods leaving the UK will need to do so under the cover of a Transit T-form (NCTS), a Transit accompanying Document or an MRN.

This document will provide a financial guarantee for the goods in transit.

A T-form will be raised at the port of departure which is something that Harbour Shipping will be able to do on your behalf.
The T-form will then have to be cleared/discharged in the country of destination.
Delivery cannot take place until the goods have been Customs cleared and the T-form has been discharged.
There are a number of ways of doing this but we believe that the best method is for the European consignee to do so utilising Authorised Consignee status. The Authorised Consignee status will allow you to transport the consignment directly to the consignee’s approved premises for immediate discharge of the T-form and Customs clearance of the cargo.
We encourage you today to speak with your European customers and ascertain:
Whether they already hold Authorised Consignee status and, if not, please encourage to complete this process urgently.
Alternatively, you will need to inform us where the Customs Clearance of the cargo will be undertaken and by whom.
If your partner/customer does not have representation this is something that will need to be urgently addressed. You will need to use the time available to source the agents you are going to require.
UK Imports from the EU (General Cargo)
The UK Government is introducing a simplified approach to Import clearance from the 1st January 2021 to 30th June 2021 and we believe that this is the most practicable short term solution to dealing with imports from the EU.
We would encourage UK-based importers to register for CFSP (Customs Frontier Simplified Procedures). This will allow importers to import goods to the UK recording their transactions in their own records (Entry in Declarants Records) and, subsequently, submitting a supplementary Customs declaration to HMRC for all their import activity before the 30th June 2021.
Importers can make their own import Customs declarations or, as an agent with the appropriate links to the Customs computer (CHIEF) Harbour Shipping can provide this service on their behalf.
Harbour Shipping would be extremely pleased to arrange the Customs Clearance supplementary declarations for any importers who are unable to make the Customs declarations themselves.
If importers do not engage with the new simplified procedures, every individual consignment will need to be Customs cleared upon entry into the UK. Not only will this mean the potential for delays at the frontier but it will also mean any Customs taxes will have to be paid at the point of entry into the UK.
Goods moving under ATA Carnet, Household Removals and Controlled Goods

We believe that it is inevitable that these goods will have to be cleared at the frontier before landing in the UK with any relevant taxes being paid to Customs.
Further will be forthcoming from us once the New Border Operating Model is published by H M Revenue and Customs in early July.
Action to be taken

In the meantime, we would encourage you, from today, to be as proactive as possible in communicating with your European partners and ourselves. If you have any questions please feel free to talk to a member of our customs clearance team or your usual contact in our ferry booking team and they will arrange for the information to be obtained for you.
In the coming weeks there will be more information from the UK Government and we will, of course, endeavour to keep you fully informed at all times.