Brexit - Latest Information

Our staff have been involved with customs clearance since the late 1980's and have had experience of the times when everything required HMRC intervention and clearance, our knowledge can help you and your business get ahead of your competitors.


We will ensure our customers are kept up to date with the latest information on what happens next along with help, guidance, even one to one basic training of staff on the import and export processes currently in place, these one to one sessions are designed to leave you with the basic knowledge required to prepare shipping and customs paperwork long before the rest of the UK decide to wake up and catch up.


Latest documents from UK - 15.07.2020
  • New GB border arrangements confirmed for next year as the UK formally notifies the EU that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Transition Period - ( 12.06.2020)

New border controls and procedures confirmed for 2021 as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, formally notifies the EU that the UK will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Transition Period.

From 1 January 2021 the UK will have the autonomy to introduce its own approach to goods imported to GB from the EU.

Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, and following the announcement in February that the UK would implement full border controls on imports coming into GB from the EU, the UK has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.


This flexible and pragmatic approach will give industry extra time to make necessary arrangements. The stages are:

  • From January 2021: Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations.                  While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made.                                       There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination or other approved premises on all high risk live animals and plants.

  • From April 2021: All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

  • From July 2021: Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs. Full Safety and Security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.

The announcement follows this morning’s meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee – the last formal moment to agree an extension to the Transition Period – at which the Government confirmed the long-standing position that no such extension would be sought.

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