Brexit – Update Whilst we hope in the coming hours that the European Union will grant a further extension to the UK which will allow UK Parliament to ratify a deal or call a General Election it is very important everyone is aware of the their responsibilities in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

Exports from the UK to the EU.

1; An Export Declaration (EAD) must be completed first- either by a) the UK Exporter  b) their Customs agent or c) their transporter or forwarding agent. This must be raised and transmitted to CHIEF before the goods leave the exporters premises.

2; On being given the P2P (permission to progress)  by UK Customs,  a Transit Form can be prepared either by the UK Exporter (if they have the relevant permissions) or their Authorised agent

3; The T form must be authenticated by an approved Customs office and at present these can only be found in limited locations- mainly in UK Ro-Ro ports. Due to the inadequate Customs locations and facilities delays will be inevitable.

4; Harbour Shipping may be able to complete either the EAD or Export T Form on your behalf, but only with an adequate Indemnity from you our client or a Cash Deposit to cover the liabilities of the goods in transit.

5; There will be additional costs for this process which we are unable to quantify at present.

6; We must show an authorised Office of Destination on the T Form, which must be agreed before departure. Ideally this would be the EU Importers location and delivery address.

(We strongly recommend that EU Importers obtain Customs Authorised Consignee/Consignor status, allowing them to clear Customs at their premises, in order to obtain the maximum benefit to all involved.)

7; Alternatively, we can agree to clear Customs at the EU Importers nominated agent – or another named Customs authorised location but T-forms will only be raised once definitive information is given as to where the goods are to be cleared.

Imports from the EU to the UK.

1; An EAD Export Declaration must be completed by either a) the EU Exporter- b) their Customs agent- c)  their transporter/ forwarding agent.  

2; Successful completion of the EAD will lead to the relevant EU Customs authority issuing a MRN (Master Reference Number) .  

3; A copy of the EAD & MRN  must accompany the driver and the load at all times until discharged at the point of exit from the EU (for example Calais).

4; The UK Importer should have already applied and have been granted a TSP authorisation number which MUST be carried by the driver for all consignments and given to UK Customs authorities if challenged. TSP allows the UK importer to make post arrival import declarations and not stop at a UK Customs point to clear the goods.

5; For UK Importers If you wish Harbour Shipping to assist with the final Customs entry we will require a letter confirming that we are acting as your Direct representative and we will need to agree charges based upon your requirements.

Notes to the above;

  • It is very difficult even at this stage to advise on costs for each of the above Customs processes, we will endeavour to provide more information before 31st October.

  • We estimate that an export T Form from the UK  will be approx. £60.00 / €70.00 and Export EAD from the EU is estimated at approx. €80.00 or £70.00

  • All consignments will be subject to both an Export clearance from the country of origin and an Import clearance in the country of destination.

  • For UK Importers using TSP if you wish us to complete the post arrival Import entry declarations, the costs can vary substantially depending on the method of completion. Please contact us for further information.

  • We are not able to directly assist you with Excise Customs processes, but we can make suggestions.

  • We strongly recommend that our clients, and their Customers help to streamline the process as much as possible by following our guidance notes as above. 

Brexit Documents:

Deed of Indemnity
Direct-Representation Letter