Brexit is forever just around the corner, but we are drawing closer and closer to 31st October, the day we are set to leave the EU. We have previously touched upon customs and how the whole process with Europe will change post Brexit, however we feel it’s important to add a little extra emphasis on it as it’s incredibly important to get it right if you wish to continue importing from Europe as smoothly as possible following when Brexit day eventually lands.

So, speculation and hearsay aside as to what may happen, let’s focus instead on a few simple steps for potentially needing to go through a customs process when importing from the EU.

Step 1 - Get Registered

1st things 1st, if you take only ONE thing away from this article, let it be the following. Get yourself registered for an EORI number. It’s free and once complete, that’s it. No need to renew and the most important step is done. It’s quite literally the difference from being able to import into the UK from the EU post Brexit and not being able to. Also, the sooner the better, as come B-day there may be a huge surge in applications and you’ll want to make sure you are one step ahead of the game.

Follow the below link, get it out of the way and let it be one less thing you need to worry about.

What is an EORI number?

It is a number used by the EU to monitor and track shipments coming in and out. Once we are no longer part of the EU, this number is required to import from or export to the EU. If you currently already import or export from outside the EU, you should already have an EORI number.

Step 2 - Find Yourself A

AEO

So, you have your EORI number, allowing you to actually import goods from the EU (or Export to) but the whole customs procedure can be a messy and frustrating affair, and unless you are incredibly well versed in the do’s and don’ts of customs, have the correct software and the correct authorisations, you’ll probably be wanting some help. That’s where experts like Banks & Lloyd can step in as we do all customs procedures for our clients in house. Being an Authorised Economic Operator (that’s the internationally recognised seal of quality you’ll want to be looking for!) means that we hold certified badges at all major ports in the UK, that compliance and efficiency is at the forefront of our service.

It’s worth noting that not all freight forwarders will be able to deal with customs procedures and you may be required to get another party involved, a separate customs broker, so make sure you’re all set if that becomes a requirement. You may want to consider getting it all done together to reduce the hassle involved.

Providing you have those 2 things sorted, you’re more or less set to deal with the customs process for importing from the EU post Brexit. If you want to get prepared and have your contingency plan ready and raring to go then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us using the below form, or by contacting us on 01625441200. All we require is a little bit of information regarding what your importing process currently looks like so we can assist you as best we can.

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