31/08/2020: DB Schenker Brexit Forum
We held a Brexit Forum for our customers on the 21st of February, featuring prominent Brexit Advisor & Registered Expert with EU Commission, Robert Hardy (Operations Director - Oakland Invicta).Read more
02/02/2020: Update from Robert Hardy (Brexit Adviser & Registered Expert with EU Commission)
Well that’s it then, we have left the EU!
Now our attention diverts to the trade talks. Our message is ‘keep calm and carry on’…preparing. Expect Customs formalities from 1st January 2021 and prepare as such.
EVERYTHING CHANGES, NOTHING CHANGES
We received a lot of worried calls about the 31st January leaving date. Many thought the paperwork started from 1st February. It did not! We are now in a transition period during which time the UK Government will negotiate with the EU (and others) and those negotiations will decide what tariffs and processes apply from midnight on 31st December 2020. It should be noted that UK Gov now refers to EU as ‘rest of world’ and bunches them in the same category as USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc. The mood has changed and the need for some form of frictionless deal by end of the year is firmly in the ‘nice to have’ column and a long way from the ‘essential’ column. They are adamant that the transition period will not be extended.
NO DEAL IS HISTORY!
The concept of NO DEAL is dead. There might not be a suitable trade agreement (with the EU) by the end of the year but Government is not referring to that as no deal but rather as a ‘work in progress’. The border process is very likely to be similar to the previous NO DEAL version, only worse! Many of the easements that were introduced as a survival tactic for the cliff-edge exit are now off the table. TSP (Transitional Simplified Procedure), lack of UK border inspections for food, feed and plants, temporary tariffs and perhaps even postponed VAT accounting (to be confirmed) are all shelved. Do NOT rely on them because, right now, they no longer exist. Remember, keep calm…. Plan for border friction and make sure your systems are capable of meeting the challenge. We are with Customs and various Border Agencies for an all-day event on the 10th February, the message is : autonomy over alignment (not good for a comprehensive trade deal) and expect friction. Will update you after that meeting (assuming we don’t also see the return of the dreaded Government NDA!)
Whilst we are well placed to handle import and export Customs declarations, (UK, Ireland and rest of EU), we still have an issue with TRANSIT and will be working hard to prevent this potential banana skin. Transit is likely to be very important but it has the potential to create authentication queues in the UK. We have the power to fix it, so our message to the Future Borders Group is….. help us fix it! You should be concentrating on being ‘border ready’ and never intending to approach the port to get your paperwork, that’s what the under-prepared will be doing and you don’t want to be there! We did a piece on transit with Sky news last year – it is still relevant and well worth a second watch. https://news.sky.com/story/lorries-face-huge-queues-in-a-no-deal-brexit-industry-11684363
Make sure you know your incoterms. Make it job number one. On the whole, you don’t need to panic but be careful with ex works or delivered duty paid (remember, delivered may become delivered duty paid if the buyer is not so keen on paying the duty!). These are very common terms but have major draw-backs when it comes to (a) Customs representation, (b) VAT registration in the buyers country and (c) the duty itself (which might actually be less than you thought). You need to understand the implications of incoterms and how they apply to you. Get in touch if you need some help, we’ve done webinars and many talks around the subject and have never failed to help.
20/09/2019: The HMRC have created a link to help and support traders, in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Click here to find out more
10/09/2019: Update from Robert Hardy (Brexit Adviser & Registered Expert with EU Commission)It has been a while since we published an update. Probably overdue. We have not been idle though. April came and went and hardly anybody was ready. We got an extension until end of October and it’s been pretty chaotic since then! We sat back, re-assessed and realised that we could not repeat the March/April panic – we needed to do something different. So we created the CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CONSORTIUM and have been busy training new staff ready for 31st October and life after Brexit. We expect to be handling around 2000 declarations a day, from day one! This is precisely why we might have gone a bit quiet. We’ve been building and it’s looking pretty good.
For us there are only three major issues remaining:
04/09/2019 HM Revenue and Customs: Getting ready for Brexit webinarThis live webinar provides an overview for UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK. Find out what you need to know to keep importing and exporting, including:
You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar using the on-screen text box. We may not be able to answer all questions raised during the webinar. We will provide useful links to regularly updated information at the end of the webinar.Choose a date and time
19/08/2019: Commentary from Robert Hardy (Brexit Advisor & Registered Expert with EU Commission): “Operation #yellowhammer is not new. I remember it being leaked about 6 months ago. Let’s keep it in perspective. Imagine imports default to TP (UK choice). 30% of exports are empty 30% are well prepared. X% will clear on arrival in France. That leaves export transit (it’s always been about export transit) meaning about 2000 export trucks a day are the last part of the problem to solve. Much effort is being put in to this at the moment including us and Cold Chain Federation working hard to find a solution.”
22/07/2019: DB Schenker: Hard Brexit Customer Communication
28/05/2019: The EU elections delivered some predictable results (in the UK at least) with The Brexit Party securing a large proportion of votes. Some magical mathematics has followed and both sides, LEAVE and REMAIN, are claiming victory. Only goes to show how split the UK still is.Read more
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload HMRC RoRo information pack
13/03/2019: Over the last 24 hours UK Parliament as rejected (a) the deal and (b) no deal. Not clear what UK Parliament will accept. Note that UK rejecting no deal does not actually remove the possibility of no deal since it is the default position in the absence of any deal. Confused?Read more
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