The UK has left the European Union
The transition period ended on 31 December 2020
The new EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement is in place
What does that mean for my business?
The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31st January 2020, with the transition period in place until 31st December 2020.
On 23rd December 2020, the EU and UK reached an agreement in principle on a new Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
From 1st January 2021, the United Kingdom, having left the EU Single Market and Customs Union, it will now operate as a Third Country with the European Union. A Trade and Cooperation Agreement has been agreed and implemented. Since 1st January 2021;
- Great Britain (GB) is no longer in the EU Customs Union
- Northern Ireland (NI) remains in the EU Customs Union / UK Customs territory
While the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is in place, providing for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas on goods, Customs formalities on trade between countries, are required.
- Importer and Exporter registered with relevant customs authorities
- Pre-notification on relevant systems (includes Pre-boarding notification (PBN) on Ireland’s RoRo system), with additional notifications for SPS products
- Will require Import / Export declarations
- Are subject to customs control
- Requirement to declare country of origin on all goods
- Must classify goods for customs purposes
- Commercial invoice
- Appropriate Health and Catch certificates for SPS products
Arrangements have been put in place for the movement of goods between GB and NI, using the new Trader Support Service (TSS) process. This does not cover the customs requirements for onward delivery into the EU / Republic of Ireland.
There are a number of options open to traders which support a more simplified customs process. These include;
- Simplified procedures
- Inward processing
- Outward processing
- Authorised consignee / consignor