Simplifying Brexit customs declarations for businesses like yours.

No need to worry about the confusion and uncertainty around the import and export regulations surrounding Brexit. Our in-house team of specialists have been helping drive clients towards a readiness strategy this past year and we're continuing our support for our clients by demystifying the customs declarations process that are now in place. How we trade is drastically changing, with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new processes, forms and systems, as efficiently as possible. We can still help you do that.

Join our drop-in Zoom Q&A on Monday 11th January 2021

We want to know how your business is coping with the new changes since we entered the new year. With new customs declarations and documentation needed, we're sure there are questions around the processes and we want to hear from you.

Zoom Q&A - Monday 11th January 2021
Drop by anytime between 10-11am GMT. Pop in, discuss, ask questions, leave whenever you need to.


The Trade Agreement: What you need to know

We are heading straight into the new trade agreement as of 1st January 2021. There will be no transition time, so you need to know what the deal looks like, now.*

1. No duty or quotas, in either GB-EU or EU-GB flows for qualifying goods. No need for a deferment account to pay duty (there isn’t any, at least not for goods of GB or EU origin!).

2. Excise duty is still payable though and you should consider your position if you are involved in the importation of wines, spirits, tobacco etc.

3. UK VAT is handled through the VAT return and is merely accounted for at importation – providing you are VAT registered. If not, VAT is payable on the import declaration.

4. Safety & Security (ENS) declarations are required for all EU imports (not required for GB imports until July 2021).

5. Rules of origin apply. Likely to be a soft touch (by both sides) initially but thereafter origin becomes important (and vital in deciding if goods qualify for duty free trade).

6. For SPS goods, export health (or phytosanitary) certificates are required from day one. Not needed for GB imports until April 2021 and not needed initially for trusted traders in GB-NI flows.

7. TRACES NT required for ALL movements of SPS goods to EU (including NI) even if/when an export health certificate is not required initially.

8. IPAFFS (for GB imports) not required until April 2021.

9. GB imports can be smooth, using simplifications and presenting the import declaration AFTER the border crossing. We have access to these simplifications.

10. All other declarations are required. EU exports, GB exports, EU imports and transit all start from day one.

11. Port systems, such as PBN, GVMS, SI Brexit, all go live (to some extent) from 31st December.

12. For hauliers; ECMT permits are NOT required and flows can be very similar to today although UK hauliers have stricter cabotage rules when operating in the EU.

*Please note this information has been sourced from the Customs Clearance Consortium (

What does good Brexit documentation look like?

Whilst businesses should be prepared by now, we understand there is still a lot of confusion around customs entries and declarations. If you are still facing the hurdle of understanding all the necessary customs declarations and forms you need to have in place in order to continue efficiently trading, let our team take out the hassle for you. We're speaking to businesses daily about the next steps and we can help you with it too. Our expert team have years of expertise in customs brokerage and we're keen to talk to you about your business.

Charles Hogg

Commercial Director - Unsworth

As the Director and Chair of British International Freight Association Policy Group for Maritime, Road & Rail, Charles is steering the strategic agenda of it within the UK and has his finger on the pule with industry progression.

Antons Gordejevs

EU Exit Manager - Unsworth

Experienced Customs brokerage manager for 15 years who is a recognised figurehead in building compliant Brexit processes. Antons has also previously established and setup frameworks required for the Europe/Russia border requirements.

Customs Visibility Platform

Customs declarations doesn't have to be a hassle. With our Visibility Platform, you can simply access everything you need and stay on top of everything. What can the Customs Visibility Platform do for you?

  • Manage customs declarations documents in one place​, for complete ease.
  • Prioritise urgent shipments, save documents as a draft or send straight to Broker​.
  • The Task Manager allows you to complete haulier registration and upload commercial documents​.

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