The United Kingdom has left the European Union.
A transition period which currently keeps most pre-departure arrangements in place ends on December 31st 2020. From January 1st, the UK will leave the Single Market and Customs Union and will implement a new trade policy, bringing major changes to the way we currently ship goods to and from EU.
Bettafreight Services has been working hard to ensure our customers freight will continue to flow as normal as possible
We will process the necessary exports and import declarations.
Apply for your eori number
This is short for 'Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number' and is a system of unique identification numbers used by Customs Authorities throughout the European Union. The Northern Ireland protocol will be implemented from the 1st January 2021. If you move goods to or from Northern Ireland from 1st January you or your customers will need an additional EORI number which starts with XI. You will need to sign up to the Trader support Services (free-to-use) to make sure you get a registration number and for further information regarding this.
Please register via the following link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trader-support-service
Further information can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/eori
Get your commodity codes ready
commodity codes are a must for of all customs declarations. This tariff code identifies the type of goods that are being imported/exported.
The commodity tariff code is the basis for all calculations of duties, these include customs duty and import duty and also defines if goods are subject to import or export controls. Creating a harmonisation codes list now should also include your Description of Goods and Country of Origin. For further information please revert to the following link:
Capture detailed consigee details
You will need to ensure that you capture all of your consignee information which will include full contact name, email and mobile numbers for all your consignees. This consignee information is critical to each shipment travelling between the UK and Republic of Ireland (and vice versa). The contact details will be used to communicate directly with your customers making them aware of any taxes and duties payable. If we don’t receive all of the correct and required information – we will be unable to move your shipment.
Freight charges & incoterms
Freight Charges need to be provided to HMRC these are separate from the invoice (intrinsic) value of the goods. The Invoice Value should be the cost of the goods to the buyer, excluding the freight costs. The Freight charge is the price the seller is charging the buyer of the goods, NOT what the seller is paying for freight. There is no such thing as "free shipping" in customs. Everything has a cost, even if the buyer is not charging the seller, because they spent over a certain amount in the one sale. A Cost should still be provided in this field. Freight charges need to be the in the same currency as the invoice value.
*Incoterms are Important*
In 1936, The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) formulated International Commercial Terms (Incoterms). Incoterms are still valid today; they are updated every 10 years and define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts. Incoterms are recognised worldwide and regulate the rights and obligations of buyers and sellers in international trade, Incoterms standardise global purchase transactions and the use of Incoterms will define many important contractual conditions, ensuring the rights and obligations of each contracting party are determined as precisely as possible when concluding a sales contract. You can follow the link here to find out more about Incoterms:
Customs agent import notification form
24 hours before we can arrange a collection, we will require you to complete a Customs Agent Import Notification Form. This is an electronic form for all of your shipments – we will require 1 form per customer – you will need to supply the completed form via email with the invoice and packing list, as customer own paperwork, this is the ideal choice for this process.