Customs Matter – Post Brexit

As the Brexit transition period approaches its conclusion the profile of customs related matters increases almost daily. HMG is keen to encourage and support UK companies in exporting physical goods and that involves international customs regulations and documentation. In fact, HMG offers a customs grant scheme as part of its measures to accelerate the growth of the customs intermediary sector and help meet the increased demand from traders at the end of the transition period.

By July 2021 all traders moving goods will have to prepare the requisite customs documentation and make customs declarations. Software can be used to enhance the efficiency and capacity of the staff involved and can make the difference between profitable and loss-making export transactions. Customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – as well as traders who complete their own declarations, need trained staff and IT to handle customs declarations. If you are involved in any of these sectors and you believe that this information may impact you, then talk to ManSys and lets get planning ahead. We have unrivalled exporter documentation software and international trade software, so we will be able to find a solution to your problems. Speak to our friendly team today.

In the UK, exporters must use the National Export System to make export declarations to customs and these can be delivered by web, email or XML, so customs software needs to have such communications capabilities, ManSys software has exactly this. From 1st January 2021 exporters must have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, including those companies exporting to the EU. Customs related documentation is extensive and individual documents required vary by exporting and importing country and by category of goods. Documents required may include:

  • ATR1
  • Bill of Exchange
  • CARICOM Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • CMR Hazardous
  • Dangerous Goods Note
  • Letter of Credit Presentation
  • Packing List
  • Shipping Advice
  • Shipping Instructions
  • Standard Shipping Note

Whatever 2021 holds in store it is certain that Customs will Matter for an increasing number of UK businesses.