Are you prepared for Brexit?

December 17, 2020


Here at Sound Moves, we are fully aware of the potential challenges that lay ahead once the EU transitional arrangements come to an end at 23:00 UTC/GMT December 31st, 2020.

To prepare ourselves to advise our clients in relation to the new processes for moving goods between the UK and EU once we leave the EU single market, we have have embarked on a comprehensive and accredited staff training programme to enable us to have uniform knowledge of the latest processes and procedures.

Whilst we await further Government advice on the finer details of customs processes and procedures it is vital that those intending to trade with Europe make some preparatory steps as soon as possible -

  • Ensure that if you plan to import/export with the European Community after Jan 1st, 2021 that your business is registered with HMRC and you have applied for and obtained a valid EORI Number.
  • Liaise now with your European partners and suppliers and confirm that they in turn are ready for the new customs regimes and processes effective January 1st 2021.
  • Plan ahead, delays are inevitable, this is particularly relevant in the periods leading up to and immediately after the transition period ends, it should be noted that overnight services and weekend deliveries may be subject to delay and, in some instances, especially at weekends may prove to be impossible
  • Cash flow planning is essential, any duties and taxes due will need to be paid before final delivery can be affected in both the UK and Europe
  • Consult us about classification of goods within the new UK Global tariff in relation to import duty and VAT liabilities
  • ATA Carnets can be arranged for goods travelling to the European Community on a temporary basis, be sure to check carnet handling protocols, and check customs office locations and hours of operation if handling the clearance, yourself.
  • ISPM 15 Under international rules, wooden pallets moving between the EU and UK will be required to meet ISPM 15 standards next year. They must be heat-treated at 56 degrees Celsius to prevent the spread of pests and have specific markings to confirm they meet legal requirements.
  • CITES Under an international treaty the transportation of items containing animal and plant products from protected and endangered species requires them to be licenced. So if you are either unsure if instruments or garments contain components from protected sources or believe they do and you have no licence, international shipment to the EU should be avoided.
  • Customs clearances will be required for all goods being exported from or imported into the UK from Europe irrespective of if a free trade deal is achieved so you need to allow additional time to collect the additional information required to complete required paperwork. 

We, as always are fully committed to supporting our clients and partners throughout the challenges ahead, please contact a team member at any time for further advice and assistance on all Brexit matters.


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