After what has been yet another year of unprecedented change and challenges for the freight forwarding industry, from the COVID-19 pandemic to Brexit, HGV driver shortages to supply chain issues, there is more change on its way as new Brexit rules and regulations will come into forced in 2022.
Below we will outline when these changes come into force, what they are, and how Grace Overseas’ services are adapting as a result.
From 1st January 2022
> January will mark the beginning of full customs declarations and controls, this means that those importing and exporting to the EU will no longer be able to delay their customs declaration. This also means the CFSP (Status ‘C) will no longer be available.
> Customs declarations from 1st January will be required at the time of import, and any applicable tariffs must be paid immediately. However VAT-registered businesses will still be able to utilise postponed VAT accounting to avoid the requirements for paying Import VAT at this stage.
> Originally planned to come into force October of this year but delayed until 1st January 2022, there will be a requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports. Failure to provide the correct paperwork for these goods from the 1st January 2022 will mean that goods will not clear customs and cannot therefore enter the UK market.
> We predict that there may be disruption as UK customs’ IT systems and other border-related infrastructure copes with these changes, similar to the delays experienced by UK firms exporting to the EU at the beginning of this year when upfront paperwork became a requirement.
> We believe there will also be a higher level of physical checks at all borders and ports.
REX Statement for UK arrivals (Westbound)
HMRC have advised that as of 1st January 2022, the following changes to statement of origin declarations will be enforced. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in additional import duties being applicable:
Invoice value over €6000 –
REX declaration must be stated on the invoice. The supplier must be registered through the EU trader portal. Read more here.
An example REX Statement may say:
The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization N° **********) declares that, unless otherwise stated, these products are goods of ** origin.
Invoices under €6000 –
A normal statement of origin can be used.
An example of this may be:
(Period: from___________ to __________ (1))
The exporter of the products covered by this document (Exporter Reference No … (2))
declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of … (3) preferential origin.
(Place and date)
(Name of the exporter)
Country of origin
HMRC will now longer accept the Country Code ‘EU’. The individual country code of the member state mused be used, e.g. FR.
Grace Overseas’ requirements for customers from 1st Jan
> All shipments that are sent through the inventory linked ports that Grace uses (Felixstowe and Immingham) must be claimed and cleared through Desin8.
> Any shipments using GVMS (Dover and westbound transit movements in Felixstowe and Immingham) must be pre-lodged. Failure to do this will result in delays and incur additional costs.
> We will require pre-notification of Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS) on IPAFFS. If you believe your goods fall into this category, please contact our office.
Instruction for certification, documentary, ID and physical checks by commodity groups for products of animal origin, animal by-products as well as plant and plant products, will be introduced in three stages in 2022:
From 1st July 2022
Certification and physical identify checks will be introduced for:
> All remaining regulated animal by-products
> All regulated plants and plant products
> All meat and meat products
> All remaining high-risk food not of animal origin.
From 1st September 2022
Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all dairy products.
From 1st November 2022
Certification and physical checks will be introduced for all remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite and fish products.
Live animal checks will also begin in stages incrementally moving from the point of destination to border control posts from 1 July 2022 as facilities become available and are appropriately designated.
This phased approach does not replace any existing import controls in place and you should continue to follow these for importing your consignments.
If you have any questions regarding the information above and how it will impact your imports and exports with the EU, please contact the Grace Overseas team today.