Ramp up your knowledge about customs handling

Since January 1, 2021, the UK is no longer part of the EU Customs Union and is regarded as a third country for trade with the EU. A new “Trade and Cooperation Agreement” (TCA) has been negotiated to govern relations between the EU and the UK from now on. The TCA includes facilitations and agreements to cooperate in many areas including trade in goods and services. However, customs formalities such as import and export declarations and customs checks now apply to all goods being moved between the EU and the UK.

AEB has summarized the most important information in small learning modules providing you with a concise overview of Brexit history and the current timeline, basics about importing and exporting after Brexit, and video tutorials explaining how easy it is to handle exports with software from AEB.

Timeline to customs after Brexit

Brexit timeline

Exports to the EU

Export customs declarations and UK exit Safety and Security declarations will be required for all goods.

Transit shipments

The GVMS1 will be introduced for all movements under the Common Transit Convention and all transit procedures must be followed from the start.

Imports from the EU

Basic import customs requirements will apply to all standard goods. Standard import customs declarations are required for all controlled goods and excise goods. VAT must be accounted and paid for. 

Important to note:

  • If a CFSP2 authorization is in place, supplementary import declarations and duty deferment under the “deferred declaration scheme” are possible until the extended deadline on January 1, 2022. For traders without such authorisation, this means that the January 1, 2021 deadline still applies for submitting customs declarations.
  • Physical checks will be done at the point of destination or other approved premises on all high-risk live animals and plants rather than at BCP3.

October 2021

  • All POAO4, ABP5, and HRFNAO6 will require pre-notification.
  • Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force.
  • Any physical checks continue to be conducted at the point of destination.

January 2022

  • Supplementary import declarations and duty deferment are no longer possible.
  • Full Safety and Security declarations for imports will also be required now.
  • Physical SPS7 checks on high-risk plants will now take place at BCP3.
  • Physical SPS7 checks for POAO4, certain ABP5, and HRFNAO6 will be required, and they will take place at BCP3.
  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required now also for low-risk plants and plant products.
  • The GVMS1 is now in place for all imports, exports, and transit movements at border locations which have chosen to introduce it.

March 2022

  • Checks at BCP 3 will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.

1 Goods vehicle movement service (GVMS) I 2 Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP) I 3 Border Control Post (BCP) I 4 Products of animal origin (POAO) I 5 Certain animal by-products (ABP) | 6 High-Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) | 7 Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)

Sources of content: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925140/BordersOpModel.pdf and https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2021-03-11/hlws833

Basics of exporting and importing

Customs formalities between the EU and the UK after the trade deal

A new “Trade and Cooperation Agreement” (TCA) is now in place. Learn about its regulations and implications for export and import formalities.

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HMRC explains how to export goods from the UK

Watch Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tutorial for an introduction to exporting.

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HRMC explains how to import goods into the UK

Watch Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tutorial for an introduction to importing. 

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Carrier, broker, or self-filing?

There are three ways to handle your customs declarations and processes now that the UK has left the EU Customs Union. Get help making the decision from Mark Brannan, Director Broker Integration at AEB.

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Hands on: Find the commodity codes of your goods

It’s essential to know the commodity code of the goods you wish to export or import when making customs declarations. Iqubal Pannu, Senior Solutions Consultant at AEB, explains how you can find them.

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Glossary: Brexit and customs terms

HMRC, CHIEF, RoRo, and more, this is customs jargon at its best. If you need some help and want to learn more about specialist terms and their meaning, have a look at our Brexit glossary.

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What is NCTS and how do I use it?

1. Find out what NCTS is and why using a transit procedure might be worthwhile here.
2. Learn how to use NCTS with AEB software here.
3. Get guidance from HMRC about using NCTS here.

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Export Filing: CHIEF from AEB

At a glance: Getting to know the easy mode of Export Filing: CHIEF

See for yourself how easy it is to handle exports for low-risk goods in roll-on roll-off traffic with AEB's software product Export Filing: CHIEF

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Processing export declarations with Export Filing: CHIEF in the easy and advanced mode

Get to know in detail how export declarations are processed in Export Filing: CHIEF using the easy and advanced mode.

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The customs process in Export Filing: CHIEF with the easy mode

Get to know the complete customs process in Export Filing: CHIEF with a focus on the different status, customs messages, and customs documents.

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Import Filing: CHIEF from AEB

Processing import declarations with Import Filing: CHIEF/CDS

Learn in this video how import declarations are created and processed in Import Filing: CHIEF.

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