The UK government has announced a range of changes to its guidance regarding product conformity markings. Find out how this could affect your business.
Customs Transit & Guarantee
Transit can greatly smooth the journey of goods between EU and the UK. Using transit ensures that the goods can enter the UK without the need for a pre-lodged import declaration. Via SGS’ customs transit platform, TransitNet, transits can be opened from one of 24 NCTS countries where TransitNet operates en route to the UK. Transit must be terminated at an authorized consignee’s premise at an inland or at border entry UK customs office.
With or without transit, all goods entering and leaving the UK via a port which operates the GVMS model will need to be registered in GVMS and have a valid GMR to board the ferry/tunnel to the UK. SGS e-Customs offers a full GVMS service, offering GVMS as part of a transit declaration to/from the UK via TransitNet or a standalone via TransitNet or SGS’ e-Customs brokerage software eGTA.
Import & Export Declarations
As it will no longer be possible to defer import declarations, in the majority of cases import declarations will need to be pre-lodged before the goods even arrive at the EU exit point. SGS provides a full customs brokerage service which includes import and export declarations in the UK as well as in countries including the Netherlands and Belgium.
From the 1st January 2022, pre-notification of goods which may require extra sanitary or phytosanitary control will be necessary. Via IPAFFS system (Import of products, animals, food and feed system), traders must register their goods to notify enforcement authorities about imports of live animals, animal products and high risk food and feed not of animal origin into Great Britain. SGS e-Customs can register their clients shipments in IPAFFS as part of our comprehensive customs services.
Exit Summary Declarations (EXS)
From the 1st October 2021, Exit Summary Declarations have been needed for empty trucks, containers, pallets and returnable packaging leaving the UK under a transport contract (CMR). EXS has also been needed for goods which travel under a TAD/TSAD transit which have no previous export declarations. SGS e-Customs offers a full EXS service including EXS as part of a transit and EXS as a standalone service.
For those operators who prefer not to open their transit in the loading country, but prefer to open it close to the Channel, SGS in partnership with the Calais Truckstop offers approved clients the possibility to start transit under the simplified procedure from a perfect location in Calais. This removes the need to present the goods at border customs. For more information on SGS and the Calais Truckstop, please see SGS partners with the Calais Truckstop – SGS E-Customs.