Brexit PlanningFiona Williams
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With so much talk about Brexit these days, and the prospect of a “No Deal” scenario looming large, Transland Group would like to let our customers know how we are preparing for a “No Deal” Brexit, and also offer some advice on how customers can get Brexit-ready.
Transland’s Brexit Planning
As part of our preparation for a “No Deal” Brexit on 29th March 2019, Transland has put the following in place:
• Deferred Payment facility (Comprehensive Guarantee to include Temporary Storage and a Transit Guarantee) – Transland has acquired an AEP number, which allows us to pay VAT and duty on behalf of our customers if required.
• If you are a large-volume importer, we would recommend that you now apply to the Revenue Commissioners for your own Deferred Payment facility – you can find more information on how to do this here: https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/customs-electronic-systems/aep/payment-methods/how-to-apply-for-a-customs-deferred-payment-authorisation.aspx. Should you wish, you can nominate Transland as your preferred Customs Clearance agent, which would allow us to use your deferred payment authorisation on your behalf.
• AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) – we are currently in the process of obtaining AEO Status; this is an internationally-recognised customs authorisation which facilitates priority clearance for goods.
• Customs Clearance training for staff in both Irish and UK offices, so that Transland provide customers with a Customs Clearance facility for their export / import goods.
Customs Clearance Documentation – What You Need To Know
In the event of a “No Deal” Brexit, any goods being exported to or imported from the UK will require a Customs Clearance declaration in the form of a SAD (Single Administrative Document).
However, we have been advised by several Government bodies that even if a deal is reached between Britain and the EU, some form of declaration will still be required, the details of which would be determined between 30th March 2019 and 31st December 2020.
In order for us to prepare a SAD on your behalf, you will need to supply us with the following information on a “Supplier’s Invoice”:
• Full names and addresses of the Exporter and Importer, including VAT numbers
• EORI Number for Consignor (Exporter) and Consignee (Importer)
• Full description of goods
• TARIC Heading (Commodity Code): Customers must identify the correct TARIC code for their goods (1 TARIC Code per item, if you are sending or receiving multiple product types) – please see link below to identify your correct TARIC Code
• Gross Weight and Net Weight of goods (i.e. weight of goods with and without packaging, palletisation, etc.)
• County of Origin of goods
• Full Invoice Value and Currency, to include Delivery Terms i.e. C.I.F (Cost Insurance on Freight) or Ex Works, etc.
• Eircode for any delivery or collection in Ireland – this is information we require for our IT system to route delivery /collection in Ireland
To help you identify the TARIC Code for your goods, the following link will bring you to the EU TARIC Code Database and provides more information on the TARIC system: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/calculation-customs-duties/what-is-common-customs-tariff/taric_en
As is current practice, there will be a charge for Customs Clearance, and over the next few weeks we will give you plenty of notice should this come into place for your consignments.
Pallets and Packaging
The UK Government have just released an important Technical Notice which specifically states that “in the event of no deal, all WPM (Wood Packaging Material) moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking”.
WPM includes the following:
• Cable Drums
This means that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, all wood packaging material going into and out of the UK will need to be heat-treated in accordance with ISPM15, and may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU.
As the date for Brexit moves closer, more information is becoming available from various sources, and Transland will continue to update and advise customers with necessary and relevant information over the coming weeks. Obviously the information we have provided here is based on a “worst-case scenario”, whereby Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal, and becomes a “third country” with absolutely no trade agreements in place with the EU. However, should a deal be reached, we cannot predict what changes will be implemented as this will be subject to negotiations between Britain and the EU.
Therefore, all we can do at this stage is “prepare for the worst, and hope for the best”.
Further information on how to prepare for Brexit can be found at prepareforbrexit.com, which is a very useful resource. In the meantime, should you have any questions please feel free to contact us on +353 (0)1 8293222 (Ireland office) or +44 (0)845 1530016 (UK office).