The UK’s departure date is drawing ever nearer, and with each day that passes with no agreed deal in place the likely hood of a no deal Brexit taking is slowly increasing.

With that in mind, the HMRC has recently released a set of documents outlining its “transitional simplified procedures” for importing goods into the UK from the EU. They will be implemented from 11pm GMT on 29th March 2019, the moment the UK is no longer a part of the EU’s single market with no agreement in place, and as such we strongly advise you familiarise yourself with the guidelines if you are currently importing from the EU.

The full document can be found here – LINK

If you’re running short on time, we have outlined the key points below, but we would still recommend giving the full document a read or contacting us directly for more advice.

“Transitional Simplified Procedures” (TSP)For Importing In a Nutshell

TSP will…

  • Allow you to defer making your full customer declaration
  • Allow you to defer paying duty
  • Will only apply to roll on roll off locations, listed below.
    • Cheriton Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone
      • Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, UK Terminal, Ashford Road, Folkestone, CT18 8XX
    • Dover
      • Eastern Docks, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BU
        • Eastern Docks, excluding the Dover Cargo Terminal and Eastern Arm
    • Felixstowe
      • Port of Felixstowe, Felixstowe Dock, Dock Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3SY
        • RORO Berth 3
          RORO Berth 4
    • Fishguard
      • Fishguard Harbour, Dyfed, Pembrokeshire, SA64 0BU
    • Harwich
      • Harwich International Port Limited, Parkeston, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4SR
        • RORO Berth 2
          RORO Berth 4
    • Heysham
      • Heysham Port, Heysham, Lancashire, LA3 2XF
    • Holyhead
      • Port of Holyhead, Stena House, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1DQ
    • Hull
      • Port of Hull, Port House, Northern Gateway, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU9 5PQ
        • River Terminal 1
          5 Quay Middle
          5 Quay West
    • Immingham
      • Immingham Docks, South Humberside, Lincolnshire, DN40 2LZ
        • Outer Harbour 1, 2, and 3
          Berth 11,1
          Berth 11,2
          Berth 12, 1 ramp
          Berth 12, 2
    • Killingholme
      • Killingholme Port, Clough Lane, North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, DN40 3JP
    • Liverpool
      • Port of Liverpool, Maritime Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, L21 1LA
        • Langton Berth
          Gladstone Berth
          12 Quays Terminal Birkenhead
    • Newhaven
      • Newhaven Ferry Terminal, Railway Approach, Newhaven BN9 0DF
        • Newhaven Ferry Terminal
    • Pembroke
      • Pembroke Port, The Royal Dockyard, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6TD
        • Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal
    • Plymouth
      • Millbay Docks, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3EF
        • Plymouth RORO Berth West Wharf
    • Poole
      • New Harbour Road, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ
        • Poole Continental Freight and Ferry Terminal, excluding South Quay
    • Portsmouth
      • Portsmouth International Port, Harbour Offices, George Byng Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8SP
        • Portsmouth International Port:
          RORO Berth 1
          RORO Berth 2
    • Purfleet
      • Purfleet Port, London Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1PD
        • The entire port, including Dartford International Ferry Terminal and Purfleet Thames Terminal
    • Ramsgate
      • Port of Ramsgate, Royal Harbour Approach, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9FT
        • RoRo Berth 2
          RoRo Berth 3
    • Sheerness
      • Sheerness Docks, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1RS
        • Berths 1
          Berth 2
          Berth 10
    • Teesport
      • Teesport, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, TS6 6UD
        • No 1 (Riverside) Berth
          No 2 (Riverside) Berth
          No 3 (Riverside) Berth
    • Tilbury
      • Tilbury Freeport, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7EH
        • 34 Berth
    • Tyne
      • Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 6EE
        • Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, North Shields
     

    As an importer…

    • You will need to apply to defer duty (a streamlined process will be introduced; however, it is not yet available)
    • You will need a financial guarantee for your deferred duty which must be in place by 30th June 2019
    • Only Importers can apply (Freight forwarders cannot, though you can subcontract the declarations to ourselves or a customs intermediary once you are registered, get in touch if you have any queries about this)
    • TSP will require you to make a declaration within your commercial records when the goods cross the border. It must include
      • Date and time of arrival
      • Commodity code
      • Quantity and description of goods
      • Purchase invoice numbers
      • Customs value
      • Delivery details
      • Supplier emails
    • TSP will require you to make a supplementary declaration by the 4th working day of the month following the arrival the goods into the UK (We can arrange this for you, contact us to enquire further)
    • HMRC will take payment via direct debit on the 15th of the month following the arrival of the goods into the UK

    Keep in mind that all of this will take effect immediately at 11pm 29th March 2019 if there is no deal in place. As it is understood there will be no window of time allowing you to ease into TSP, TSP is being implemented to help you ease into a new trade relationship with Europe, so making preparations as soon as you can for a the very possible no deal outcome is the absolute best way to reduce any amount of disruption to your supply chain.

    As always, we are here to advise you as the best possible actions and courses to take in any outcome, so please do not hesitate to contact ourselves.

    “Help me transport my goods!”

    “Help me transport my goods!”

    AEO