Prepare in time for the Brexit!

Beginning 1 January 2021, Brexit will make Great Britain a European third country and thus subject to the relevant import and export regulations. It is uncertain whether Great Britain and the EU will agree on a free trade zone in the course of the Brexit negotiations and waive Customs duties and quotas for the exchange of goods. What is certain is that the United Kingdom will become a "third country" on 1 January 2021, and that the corresponding Customs formalities will apply. In day-to-day import handling, these include above all entry summary declarations and electronic Customs declarations, and for export handling, exit summary declarations as well as electronic export declarations.

Companies that maintain business relations with Great Britain will be confronted with classic import and export tasks in the future. They require a certified Customs software and sound knowledge of Customs and foreign trade law. DAKOSY´s concept includes both Customs-specific and software training. The DAKOSY product ZODIAK GE is certified for all ATLAS Customs procedures in Germany – import, export, NCTS and bonded Customs warehouse. It is also certified for Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium.

ZODIAK GE also offers additional functions that simplify work processes and prevent errors. The software can be seamlessly integrated via an interface to the in-house system, or which can transfer data from file formats such as CSV or Excel. Looking at the 50 article positions, it is clear whether they have been entered manually or automatically transferred from the previous system. Another helpful feature is the automated plausibility check, which checks the content against Customs law and eliminates errors before processing begins.

Additional Tips:

  • EU companies exporting to or importing from the UK need an EORI number. This can be applied for free-of-charge at the General Customs Directorate (Generalzolldirektion, Dresden office).
  • According to the EU Commission, the originating status of goods traded must be examined to determine whether they are eligible for any agreed preferential treatment.
  • When goods are imported from the UK into the EU, import VAT is payable at the rate applicable to the supply of such goods within the Union. Excise duties may also be required.
  • Inspections will check that the products concerned comply with relevant regulations and standards.

Further information on Customs requirements for the import and export of goods from/to the UK as of 1 January 2021:

FAQs

At the moment, there are no plans for a Customs union. Negotiations are still in progress.

If no agreement is reached about creating a Customs union, then the United Kingdom will become a third-country and will be treated as a third-country regarding imports and exports.

Since Great Britain will no longer be a member of the EU as of January 1st, a company based there can no longer act as declarant.

No, we will update the country lists along with any new codes, additional codes or documents in ZODIAK/ZODIAK GE before the changes go into effect.

Yes, due to the circumstances, existing authorizations will need to be extended to the UK.

Since Great Britain will be considered a third-country after Brexit, the regulations for exports apply: export declaration / AES, export inspection, and, when applicable, exit summary declaration.

The types of declarations are based on currently-existing Customs documentation. The rules for exports to a third-country apply. After Brexit, goods exported to Great Britain can no longer be declared according to the intra-EU regulations (EUB declaration).

Since Great Britain will be considered a third-country after Brexit, the regulations for imports apply: import Customs declaration, summary declaration, entry summary declaration.

The types of declarations are based on currently-existing Customs documentation. The rules for exports to a third-country apply. After Brexit, goods exported to Great Britain can no longer be declared according to the intra-EU regulations (EUB declaration).

 

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