Keeping your goods moving post-Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020 but remains in the single market and customs union until 31st December 2020 while the two sides try to “hammer out” a trade agreement.

When this transition period ends on 31st December 2020, the existing EU trade rules will no longer apply to Great Britain and new trade rules including customs formalities will be introduced.

The UK Government have indicated that these new rules will be introduced gradually in a “Three phase strategy”, which is a plan for the first six months of 2021.

Swain will continue with our BREXIT preparations and we will make sure we are ready. Experience tells us that the BREXIT outcome could change again as negotiations continue between UK & EU over the coming months. We will keep monitoring the situation closely and make sure we are informed and ready.

As a UK Trader, if you either export into the EU or you purchase and therefore import from the EU you will now need to prepare, appoint and instruct a UK operator/agent to act as your representative to produce either or both export and import customs declarations supporting the movements of good in and out of the UK into/from the EU from the 1st January 2021.

Both import and export declarations are required as from the 1st January 2021. You need to be fully prepared and Swain are here to help.

We require written instruction from you requesting Swain to act as your representative which will give us the authority to complete declarations on your behalf.  We are here to ensure we provide a solution, as your principle carrier, we will complete and ensure declarations are made in time, thus eliminating any unnecessary delays to the movement of your goods and you remain totally compliant with any export or import customs border declarations.

Irrespective if Swain is your primary freight carrier, we can and will assist with the production of customs entry declarations, if we are not your primary carrier, this service is known as Customs Brokerage.

For us to identify a solution we must therefore implement the correct resource and skill set in place to ensure we are ready in advance of the 1st January 2021. We require some basic information from you to enable us to offer a competitive, tailor-made solution.


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