Ramp up your knowledge about Brexit and customs handling

The deadline for the end of the transition period is now fast approaching and there are many changes having t re mendous implications on export and import processes. To help you navigate the maze of information, AEB has summarized the most important aspects 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 a video tutorial explaining how easy it is to handle exports with software from AEB.

Ramp up your knowledge about Brexit and customs handling

Brexit – know what’s going on

A brief history of Brexit (September 22, 2020)

There will be many changes in the area of customs when the UK leaves the EU Customs Union in January 2021. How did we get here and what is likely to happen next? Watch the video and let Kevin Wright, Product Manager Global Customs at AEB, give you an overview.

Dig in deeper – What AEB experts write about Brexit

At AEB, we have a lot of in-house expertise on the topic of customs. Our colleagues have kept an eye on developments over the past years and have written various articles about the most important changes. Read our latest articles:

Brexit timeline

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 for up to six months are allowed. For many traders, 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, and pre-notifications are required for certain movements, but they won’t need to enter the UK via BCP3.

April 2021

  • All POAO4 and all regulated plants and plant products will now also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.
  • Any physical checks continue to be conducted at the point of destination.

July 2021

  • Supplementary import declarations and duty deferment are no longer possible and full Safety and Security declarations will also be required now at point of importation.
  • Commodities subject to SPS5 controls have to be presented at BCPs. Physical checks and taking of samples will increase.
  • SPS5 checks for animals, plants and their products will take place at UK BCPs3 (no longer at destination).
  • The GVMS1 is now in place for all imports, exports, and transit movements at border locations which have chosen to introduce it.



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 Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)

Source of content: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925140/BordersOpModel.pdf

Basics of exporting and importing

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 after the UK leaves the EU Customs Union in January 2021. 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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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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Will you do export declarations with a easy to use Software?

Export Filing: CHIEF

50 declarations/year
GBP 33/month

  • Full control of export processes
  • Every declaration step clearly explained
  • Applicable for government grant
  • Buy now, pay from January 2021
  • Low-cost entry to Starter price plan with Export Filing: CHIEF, 50 declarations/year, GBP 33/month

Import Filing: CHIEF

100 declarations/year
GBP 92/month

  • Full control of import processes
  • Wizard to guide you through declaration 
  • Applicable for government grant
  • Buy now, pay from January 2021
  • Low-cost entry to Basic price plan with Import Filing: CHIEF, 100 declarations/year, GBP 92/month