From the perspective of international trade and shipping, nothing will change until the conclusion of the latest extension to Article 50, or until a deal is ratified before that date.
Withdrawal Agreement (Deal)
If the UK enters into a Withdrawal Agreement, a transition period will commence, lasting a minimum of 12 months, during which trade will continue as normal. After this period, new trade and shipping regulations will be enforced, and P4D customers can keep up to date with the latest developments here.
We strongly advise that all regular shippers seriously consider the possibility that no Withdrawal Agreement will be reached, and finalise a contingency plan to negotiate this situation.
1. Apply for an EORI Number
This number needs to be quoted on import & export customs declarations for international shipping. In the case of a No-Deal Brexit, shipping to the EU will effectively be considered as indistinct from standard international shipping, and this stipulation will apply.
You can apply for an EORI number by clicking here.
2. Ascertain what customs tariff codes are applicable to your product(s)
These codes must be declared on any import/export declarations to HMRC for each movement. The codes determine the percentage of import duty that you are liable to pay.
You can view the latest HMRC Trade tariff information by clicking >here.
3. If you currently import from mainland EU into the UK - Apply for TSP
TSP (Transitional Simplified Procedures) has been designed by the government to offer a frictionless solution for UK imports to avoid bottlenecks at major EU entry ports.
TSP allows you to arrange an import customs entry by simply quoting an EORI number
Apply via the HMRC website by clicking here.