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Brexit has been delayed until October 31 – How will this affect you?

Following the European Unions agreement to grant an extension to Article 50 the time table for the United Kingdom to leave the EU is now set for October 31st. Despite this it remains unclear if everyone involved will reach a consensus within this time frame which will lead to a managed orderly Brexit.  As a result of this uncertainty DB Schenker are continuing to prepare for every eventuality and we strongly recommend you, our valued customers, do the same. A key issue that must be properly planned for and managed is your own Customs requirements.  

Until the full details of a final agreement emerges the import/export industry may have to adjust to new Customs barriers between the EU and the United Kingdom. We therefore strongly advise you to continue your own preparations and ensure you are ready to generate the among others the following shipping documents and supporting administration:

For your guidance more details can be found via the following link.

Without the necessary documents, delays with Customs clearance and thus with transport can occur even in the case of a managed Brexit.

In the continued absence of a UK Parliamentary consensus emerging the threat of a hard “no deal” Brexit still exists. If this were to happen, Customs procedures would be applied in accordance with WTO rules. Shippers, in particular those who have no import/export experience with countries outside the EU, are advised to continue preparing for this potential eventuality.  DB Schenker, which has more than 700 branch offices in Europe, will be happy to help you with this as well.

However, our success in helping to smooth the transition to the new regulations and minimise delay/costs is reliant upon close dialog and cooperation with you. The transitional period needs particular focus where loads to or from the UK may depart under EU rules but not arrive before the application of 3rd Country ruling for the UK. Despite the extra time afforded to us until 31 October, we strongly recommend to maintain momentum on your internal Brexit planning and ask that you keep us fully informed. We offer DB Schenkers assurance to  support you in all Brexit related matters during the conclusion of this critical Brexit phase.

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22/03/2019: Here is an updated version of the roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) information pack developed by HMRC. The Government’s priority is still to leave the EU with a deal that works for citizens and businesses, as laid out in The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. As a responsible Government, planning is underway for all scenarios, including a no-deal scenario. This information pack is part of the Government’s ongoing preparations to ensure trade flows smoothly at roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) ports and Eurotunnel if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The pack explains the steps different users of ro-ro locations will need to take in order to continue to move goods via these routes in a no deal scenario. It includes ro-ro stakeholder information, a fact sheet and visual process flows to explain and show the user journeys for imports and exports.

HMRC will be continuing to publish the most up-to-date information on GOV.UK, including any ongoing updates to the information contained in these documents. There is already extensive advice on GOV.UK regarding the steps that businesses and citizens may need to take to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU – please visit gov.uk/euexit​ to access this.  

If you have any questions, please contact: movinggoodsattheborder.queries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Download HMRC RoRo information pack


19/02/2019: HMRC have just announced that in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, there will be six-month suspension of the introduction of Safety and Security Declarations for imports to the UK. Previous guidance issued by HMRC stated that these ICS declarations were required to be made (from 29 March 2019) by the carrier/haulier prior to the goods being moved.
Read more on HMRC website


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