UK-EU customs arrangements

Everyone working at Portico customs agency is an experienced agent, with years of international trade knowledge and HMRC requirements. This means they are well placed to handle new UK-EU customs arrangements that have now come into force, following the end of the Brexit transition period.

Will new UK-EU customs arrangements affect your business?

With changes to the imports and exports to and from the EU, this means many businesses might be facing having to deal with custom declarations for the first time.

Fortunately we regularly handle thousands of customs declarations at all UK ports. We have the right systems to talk to HMRC to make sure goods reach their destination without delay.

We can also make duty payments up front on your behalf, with deferment powers increased to £1m.

What changes are still to come?

Following the latest postponement of import checks into the UK from the EU in September 2021, they are now due to be phased in on the following timetable.

Businesses no longer need to pre-notify or acquire a certified Export Health Certificate (EHC) from 1 October 2021. This means you can continue to import animal product consignments from the European Union as you do today until 31 December 2021.

From 1 January 2022, importers (or a representative acting on their behalf) will be required to pre-notify authorities via IPAFFS that their consignment will be entering Great Britain.

From 1 July 2022, animal products will need to continue to pre-notify their arrival via IPAFFS. Additionally, these consignments must be accompanied by a certified Export Health Certificate and enter via a point of entry with a Border Control Post (BCP) that has been designated to receive these goods. The consignment will be subject to documentary, ID, and physical checks.

At this stage we encourage businesses to start thinking about the appropriate and relevant actions they will need to take to be ready for 1 January 2022, by getting in touch with us to see how we can help you manage your consignments.

If you think we could help you, try our customs calculator to get a quote.

Experienced, accredited and ready to help

We’re fully accredited and authorised by the government. When commissioning an agent you should always look for AEO accreditation. This means we can process paperwork faster, benefit from priority clearance, and means a lower risk score. This may reduce the number of checks customs carry out on your documents and goods.

So if you’re looking for an experienced specialist to help you navigate the new UK – EU customs arrangements, get in touch. Before you start, we’ll ask if you have an EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number. You now need one to move goods between the UK and the EU.

It’s really simple to apply, just visit the government’s website to register and then contact us.


Contact us using the form below to see how we can help you:

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    Alternatively, get in touch by phone or email:

    +44 (0)23 9289 0600, then option 4