As is known, Great Britain withdrew from plans for full border control of goods from the European Union after the end of the transitional period in January 2021. The British government is working on a flexible approach to customs clearance. Despite planned changes, the logistics industry expects congestion on the border with the Islands. Due to the availability of content on trans.info, we present information on the situation after Brexit.
The British showed their understanding of the TSL industry in the face of the coronavirus crisis and withdrew from planned full border controls to be carried out from the beginning of next year. As noted by Michael Gove, head of Boris Johnson's cabinet, the government understood that he could not cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the disturbances at the border with the European Union that would occur if full controls were introduced in January 2021. That is why the British government decided to gradually introduce customs procedures at borders in three stages from January to July 2021.
The first of them assumes reduced requirements for importers, so as to give time to master the procedures for them as well as customs officers as well as carriers and forwarders. Nevertheless, congestion should be expected on the EU-United Kingdom border. And this should, according to experts, lead to changes in the organization of transport. According to Marek Tarczyński, chairman of the Polish Chamber of Forwarding and Logistics quoted by Rzeczpospolita, "carriers should introduce allowances for border service and possible parking stops at the border due to delays".
3 stages of customs procedures after Brexit:
During the first stage, i.e. from January 2021, importers of standard goods (from clothing to electronic equipment) will have to prepare to meet basic customs requirements, such as keeping a documentation base for imported goods. Moreover, they will have a maximum of six months to prepare customs declarations (customs duties must be paid after the declaration is submitted).
During this stage, goods such as alcohol and tobacco products, live animals and plants will be inspected. Enterprises will also have to prepare for VAT on imported goods. In addition, physical checks at the place of unloading will also be carried out. During the second stage, which will start in April 2021, prior notification of the import of animal products such as meat, pet food, honey, milk, and eggs will be mandatory.
In turn, in the third stage, from July next year, all goods will be subject to the declaration and payment of the duty upon importation.
British carriers breathed a sigh of relief
- Thank God they listened to us - RHA (Road Haulage Association) CEO Richard Burnett said.
We wrote to Michael Gove at the beginning of the COVID crisis in March saying that there must be a delay (full customs procedures - editor's note) because companies simply won't be ready for it. We emphasized that a period of implementation must be introduced and I think that this will be the case, "Burnett added in an official communication from the organization.
However, according to the head of RHA, this is only half the battle. Although the organization has welcomed the government's sensible and pragmatic approach, it is important that the European Union also presents the same approach.
According to Burnett, the Community uses the same tactics as before and plays for time.
This means that we must prepare for the lack of agreement on the free trade agreement. We will need to look again at plans such as Operation Brock (emergency parking lot and truck road in Kent), in case we have to comply with the need for a complete customs process on the other side, "says Burnett.