As March 2019 draws nearer with no agreement yet in place, there is a real concern that UK businesses may face the possibility of a no deal EU exit. UKWA is urging members to take action and advise customers to prepare for this eventuality.
Businesses that trade with the EU and are not already registered for customs should:
- register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you trade goods into or out of the UK or wish to apply to be authorised for customs simplifications
- decide whether to use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software that interacts with HMRC systems
- find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.
While Government departments have been working to design customs and other control arrangements at the UK borders, UK does not have control over the checks which member states impose at the EU border. The European Commission has made it clear that, in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, it will impose full third country controls on people and goods entering the EU from the UK.
Although it is not clear what each member state will do, the cross-Government planning assumptions have been revised to prepare for the potential impacts that the imposition of third country controls by member states could have.