With the New Year in our sights a couple of things are (or should be) on our minds.
It’s almost 12 months since a trade deal was signed between Britain and the EU. To say that it was a last minute success would be no exaggeration; this time last year it didn’t look likely at all.
Plenty of Disruption
It has not been an easy path for shippers despite the apocalyptic predictions of thousands of fully loaded lorries lining up on either side of the channel not being realised. There has been plenty of disruption though, further from the ports than predicted and most delays manifested themselves in warehouses and distribution centres.
Customs compliance seemed, on the face of it, to be pretty high with very few trucks being turned back due to incomplete paperwork. That was due in part to the fact that vehicles couldn’t leave the UK without the right paperwork, so incidents of UK cargo being turned back once it reached the EU were few.
But the fact is that this only applied to UK goods travelling into the EU. Importers could defer their paperwork and payment of any duty due for up to 175 days and most took advantage of this.
Massive New Year Backlog
The backlog will be massive when this comes to an end on January 1st 2022 and all outstanding declarations come due. In addition:
· From the beginning of next year (2022) shippers will have to pre-declare consignments via the UK Government’s GMVS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service).
· Customs Declarations will not be deferred any longer.
· Compliance with the Import of Animals, Food and Feed Systems (IPAFFS) will become a requirement.
· All importers and exporters will have to prove where goods were manufactured (Rules of Origin). EU and UK regulators can request retrospective proof for imports made during 2020.
In addition to these new rules, further complications come into force during 2022 including
· Registered Exporters (REX) authorisation for EU exporters and EORI for UK businesses
· Products of Animal Origin (POAO).
· Sanitary and Phytosanitary Products (July 2022).
Ultimate responsibility for complying with these new regulations falls on the Importer or Exporter of record NOT the shipper or the Customs Broker.
These are Important pieces of global trade legislation and the consequences of non-compliance will be serious. Submission of incorrect information could be seen as fraudulent, particularly if it affects the level of duty paid.
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