With the free flow of goods essential at this time, HMRC has introduced some easements to how goods are declared and changes to Customs authorisations.
UKWA Special Advisor Barbara Scott of Customs Associates has shared the following key points for UKWA members.
Due to anticipated delays of goods in transit through the EU, journey times under NCTS have been extended to up to 14 days.
If you operate Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP) and are unable to accurately complete your supplementary declaration by the due date as a result of the effects of COVID-19 on your business, you may submit an estimated figure. You must still submit a reasonable estimate of the amount due on time, then submit an accurate declaration as soon as possible (no time limit proposed at present). However, members should note that this easement does not apply if you are declaring goods subject to Excise Duty.
If you operate a Customs Warehouse, a Temporary Storage Facility, or any other approved Customs system, and cannot comply with a condition of your authorisation because of Covid-19, you should be able to get permission to temporarily vary the approval. This could be to:
Change site opening hours
Require staff to carry out work remotely rather than on site
Amend areas within an approved location to keep staff working at safe distances
Reduce dwelling times to enable goods to progress more quickly
Increase throughput periods for duty relief procedures
Increase time limits for sending in returns (bills of discharge) for duty relief procedures
Deal with goods which need to be held in temporary storage for more than 90 days
4. You must contact the Supervising Office for your authorisation.If you have an authorisation that is due to expire, it will be automatically extended.
5. HMRC will still accept requests for new authorisations but those for bringing in supplies of food, medical apparatus and pharmaceuticals will be prioritised and fast tracked.
6. HMRC will not be carrying out any authorisation visits or post clearance audit visits during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For further advice, members should contact UKWA or Barbara Scott at Customs Associates Ltd.
Jamie Hartles, Chief Executive Officer, Howard Tenens Logistics Ltd (UKWA Full Member)
We’ve been members for over 15 years. UKWA provides a great consolidated voice for the industry, giving us access to government and opportunity to contribute to policy framing. It’s also useful for networking, and has linked us with similar organisations in the sector with whom we can work together for mutual benefit.
Mike Graham. Managing Director. Conveyor Systems Ltd (UKWA Associate Member)
The UKWA has been a fantastic industry body that fully understands the arena we operate within, and which provides complete help and support to its members. We have found the events to be current and informative, also providing a great opportunity for networking. We are proud to have the UKWA mark on our Conveyor Systems Ltd literature and website.
Richard Bartholomew, Director, Bartholomews Specialist Distribution Ltd (UKWA Full Member)
UKWA is a fantastic organisation. We have certainly gained business leads as a result of being members. The Association conferences always create exceptional knowledge sharing and networking opportunities, with an impressive mix of industry speakers in a genuinely collaborative environment – and, If we ever need specialist advice or support on a particular issue, UKWA is always there to point us in the right direction.