Brexit has happened! From the 1st of January 2021, trade between the EU and the UK will require customs export and import declarations, with some goods requiring additional checks.
To ensure minimum risk against any delays, we have invested heavily to provide an “end to end” service for our customers including import and export declarations and the management of any additional border controls and checks.
DB Schenker is preparing to support through Brexit – Oliver Bohm (Chief Commercial Officer Europe), Chris Clayton (Brexit Program Lead), Julie Heard (Chief Commercial Officer Cluster UK & IE) and Ray Hennessy (Cluster CEO UK & IE) give an insight on the road ahead, when it comes to Brexit preparedness.
Brexit was first due to happen on March 31 last year. It was postponed until October 31 and delayed again after that. There was a lot of urgent activity for the “first two Brexits” – and many organizations weren’t ready and breathed a sigh of relief when it was postponed.
Brexit officially occurred on January 31, 2020, and the new trading relationship between the EU and the UK will begin on January 1, 2021 – this is the current status.
Many people are still wondering whether there will be a "hard Brexit". The answer is yes! The real question is how hard it will be.
A "soft Brexit” (UK remains as part of the EU Single Market or the Customs Union) will not happen, and it is very important to understand that customs declarations will be required from January 1, 2021.
What “no deal” means: With or without a trade deal, customs declarations and the paperwork and compliance that goes with them will be required from January 1, 2021.
To check if you are ready for Brexit, it’s important to compare your current flow of goods with the process that will occur after the end of the transition period.
Here is an example of the process for a shipment from Italy to the UK which will no longer be possible after January 1, 2021:
Starting January 1, the transport of goods must follow this process example:
What is most important?
Customs declarations stopped between EU member states in 1993 and many people have forgotten what they involve. As a global logistics provider, however, DB Schenker has continued to work in the world of customs and has a knowledgeable and skilled customs team in every country we operate in. Because of this, we already have the licenses we need to be able to complete customs declarations at each of our locations and also open and close transit documents, perform simplified procedures, operate bonded and excise warehouses and, where appropriate, defer payment of VAT and duty.
As of October 8, 2020 – this information is supplied without liability.