2021 UPDATE #3

2021 UPDATE #3

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We are all becoming familiar with the new processes and new ways of working. Time for an update…


The deferred entry scheme allows goods to pass through the frontier with minimum fuss and the GB import declaration to be lodged after the event. This is a very popular option as it avoids any stress at the frontier and gives traders time to gather import data without worrying about delaying the goods or vehicle. The driver only requires the EORI number of the importer to be allowed to proceed. There are some restrictions but not many. It also gives you time to verify the country of origin to avoid incorrect declarations or, potentially, an unexpected duty bill at a later stage. The deferred entry scheme was initially scheduled to run up to the end of June 2021. It was been extended to end of December 2021. This does not mean you have until the end of 2021 to submit import declarations. The import entry must be submitted within 175 days of importation. The entry can be consolidated to save money. We are already handling thousands of these declarations and have streamlined processes in place. If you would like more information please email: sales@eori.uk


Many are struggling to understand rules of origin. We often come across traders confused by origin and free circulation. If the goods originated from China, for example, and have been cleared (duty paid) in EU before being eventually shipped to UK (unaltered), they are still Chinese! The rate of duty is applied according to the country of origin NOT the country of despatch. Furthermore any trade deal the UK might have with the origin country can be invalidated if the goods are not controlled correctly. For example: UK has a GSP agreement with Myanmar. EU has a GSP agreement with Myanmar. If the goods enter the EU and are cleared into free circulation and then shipped to UK the GSP status is lost. Duty is payable in UK. Had the goods not been cleared in EU there would not be any duty in UK. To speak to our experts email: sales@eori.uk


Before Brexit there were circa. 50 million declarations per annum. 70+% of import declarations were done using a process known as CFSP. The deferred entry scheme (above) is a version of CFSP, it comes to an end in December…but CFSP does not. After December you can still delay your import declaration and can still consolidate it to save money. Position A is that you have your own CFSP approval. We are already approved and have handled hundreds of such applications for others. In most cases we can handle your application without cost to you. Get in contact with our applications team: sales@eori.uk


UK SME’s (Small and Medium sized businesses) can apply for a £2,000 grant to gain dedicated access to our SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) without cost. We can use this fund to set you up with CFSP approval, your own duty deferment account or generally get you ready for smoother imports or exports. For details of the funding click HERE. If you need help with the funding application contact our sales team: sales@eori.uk


Our popular data capture tool (lovingly referred to as the RPA) has been updated and is now on version 5.0. Please make sure you are using the new version as it contains the latest tariff information, RGR triggers and links to all major tariffs. It also creates a job costing model when used in conjunction with our tariff. To download your free copy of the RPA go to: https://www.eori.uk/Customs_Entry. This page also includes our EIDR data capture template.


We’ve updated our tariff. The mixture of origins that we see on many loads requires multi heading entries even when the same commodity code is involved. Import entries in excess of 20 commodity codes are not unusual. We have kept our pricing simple. The entry charge covers up to 10 headings, after that there is an additional charge per block of 10. We do not charge per individual heading as we have no desire to increase the administrative burden. To download our tariff go to //www.eori.uk/downloads and click on the link for SMART pack 2.2


New health certificate rules apply to composite goods as of 21st April 2021. Composite products are foodstuffs containing both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin. The composite products must be produced in EU-approved establishments. There is a transition period of six months for the imports of composite products during which time the old certificate will still be accepted. Where no certificate was required prior to 21 April 2021, then the new relevant certificate or private attestation must be provided with immediate effect. There is an excellent summary table provided by the EU which can be accessed HERE. UK Government advice can be accessed HERE and the private attestation form can be found HERE. In summary:-

• If your composite product already requires an EHC, you will be able to carry on using the current EHC until August or choose to use the new documentation.

• If your composite product does not currently require an EHC, you must follow the new rules.


Our series of webinars have always been popular. We’ve been a little pre-occupied lately as we concentrate on bedding in the new procedures and processes but things are much calmer nowadays so a good time to wheel out the webinar crew again. The next event will be on 11th May starting at 10am UK time and is expected to last around 2 hours. We will cover topics such as:-

• Preferential Origin

• Returned Goods Relief

• Fiscal Representation

• CFSP and deferred entry

• Freight ferry stats

• Data management

No sign-up required. The link for the event is HERE


One less thing to worry about. The KAP (Kent Access Permit) is no longer required for GB exports via Dover or Eurotunnel. The authorities have been able to manage the traffic levels and no longer require this additional control.

We hope you have found this update useful.

Rob Hardy

The Customs Clearance Consortium


+44 (0) 333 012 4819

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