26th August, 2020
As part of the Woodside Logistics Group we have been handling Customs Clearance work for clients since 1975. We are very experienced in all aspects of Custom work and have been providing advice and support to Importers and Exporters on cargo arriving into UK and departing from both International & EU Countries. Brexit means these processes will now apply to cargo moving from/to NI/GB & ROI especially in relation to cargo being Imported. Our clearance Division can assist with all your Customs requirements post Brexit and are available to discuss your specific requirements irrespective of the cargo being imported or exported. It is fair to say that Brexit has been a prolonged process for everyone, never far out of the news and certainly providing plenty of conversation. One area we hope to provide some clarity on are some of the Acronyms that Brexit has provided for us all. We hope the below will assist by providing a guide to what these might mean and whether or not they would apply to your business?
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
This is an Internationally recognised mark of quality that gives firms a ‘Trusted Trade’ status.
Woodside Global – as part of the Woodside Logistics Group have AEO
Customs Comprehensive Guarantee (CCG)
This is used to set up a deferment account to cover Customs Duty & Import VAT when you regularly import goods. A guarantor (Bank) is usually required to cover the Customs Comprehensive Guarantor amount.
Woodside Global – as part of the Woodside Logistics Group have a CCG
Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
This is an electronic system for imported third country goods. It allows faster release of cargo at the frontier or inland, the use of simpler customs declarations and cash-flow benefits.
In order to qualify for use, the business or agent must have access to
the electronic recording system, also must have a unique trading reference
number and a good record of compliance and be able to use its duty deferment
facility. Although to begin with it allows a simplified entry, initially a full declaration must be made within 20 days.
From the 1st January, 2021 all traders (of non-controlled goods) will be able to declare imports using CFSP process for 6 months, but will need authorisation to continue to use from 1st July, 2021.
Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number (EORI)
EORI number allows Customs to recognise the trader and is required to carry out customs activities in the European Union/UK.
Goods Vehicles Movement Service (GVMS)
This is the Governments new platform called the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, placing tow possible models before the Port Operators.
To enable us to complete your Customs entry we require as a minimum the following information:
New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
Woodside Global currently have in place NCTS in the UK which allows us to move cargo under T1 control (Bond) to anywhere in the EU from the UK. This also covers any internal UK moves to or from NI or to ROI. This movement would be used if cargo under Customs control for example IPR or under any other Customs controlled regime.
TAN (Trader Account Number)
This is the equivalent to the UK Deferment Account and anyone Importing cargo from GB to ROI might be responsible for Duty & VAT payments. It is important to note that these payments will need to be made before release of the cargo, this can be done by paying the Customs Agent directly or arrange to pay the Revenue Service directly through a FAS payment. If you wish to utilise the TAN account of the Clearing agent an additional fee would usually apply in addition to the Clearance cost. The use of a TAN account registered to an agent allows the cargo to clear immediately whereas payment directly by FAS (Flexible Accounting System) would mean the cargo wouldn’t clear until the funds hit the Revenue Service account.
Controlled or Excise Goods
These would include but not limited to items such as Foodstuffs, Alcohol, or any item fit for human consumption will have other Government Departments involved. Processes involving the movement of these goods are yet to be decided especially in relation to cargo moving from UK to NI? We will keep you further advised on this as further clarification is given in the weeks ahead.
To ensure you are Brexit ready it is important to take on board some of the changes now. Make sure you have an EORI number and also that you have information pertaining to the commodity codes for the cargo being moved. By making these small changes now it will assist everyone in the future and we are here to provide further updates when this information is available. If you have any queries please contact your local representative in Woodside Logistics Group.
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