Brexit: import and export

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Do you import products from the UK? Or do you have customers in the United Kingdom? Since 1 January 2021 you have to deal with customs formalities and longer waiting times at the border. Prepare your shipments well to avoid delays.

The information on Brexitloket.nl is based on the agreement between the EU and the UK. The government is currently analysing the agreement. That is why these texts may change in the near future. Do you have questions? Contact Brexitloket.


Q&A about the Brexit

There is an extensive Q&A about the Brexit Trade Agreement available on the website of the European Commission. It explains what the new rules mean for different sectors, such as trade in goods, fisheries and road transport. There are nine chapters in total and you can search per sector. At the top you can choose your language. You can find answers to questions such as: What was agreed to facilitate trade in automotive? How does the Agreement contribute to trade and sustainable development? Will air carriers still have the same rights to operate between and within the EU and the UK? Note that this Q&A was published in December 2020 and therefore speaks of a draft agreement.

Preferential origin: avoid paying import duties

Do you trade with the UK and would you rather not pay import duties on your products? Then it is important for you to see how you can make use of the agreements between the EU and the UK. Read here about preferential origin.

To do list

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Five things to do: ferry and shortsea terminals

All ferry terminals and most shortsea terminals in the Netherlands work together within the Portbase platform. You must pre-notify your business with the United Kingdom digitally via this platform. If you fail to do so, you will not have access to the terminal. Portbase helps you on your way in five steps, outlined on the Get Ready for Brexit.eu website.

Customs

Dutch Customs declaration

You must inform Dutch Customs that you are exporting or importing goods from a country outside the EU. Visit the Customs website to find out how to prepare yourself.

There is also a toolkit available.

Do you often export to or import from the UK?

Then it is useful to apply for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. This offers you various advantages in the field of international trade, such as fewer physical checks and priority checks.

Do you have little experience with international trade?

Then consider outsourcing your customs declaration to a forwarder or carrier (in Dutch).

British Customs Declaration

As you can see in the to-do list above, you must register your products with both Dutch and British customs. You need a UK representative to file the declaration in the UK. He or she needs a British EORI number (customs number) for this. The representative bears the risks. So make agreements about the risks and how to cover them. Are you unable to make agreements? Then you can do the import declaration on the British side yourself. Then open a branch in the UK (in Dutch) and apply for a UK EORI number. Do you handle customs formalities in the UK yourself? And do you want to make use of the preferential tariffs resulting from the trade agreement? Then you must comply with the applicable rules of origin. Read more about UK Customs in the article "New Rules: UK Customs" (in Dutch).

Freight Forwarder Selection Tool

The sector organizations ACN, TLN / FENEX and evofenedex have developed a free Brexit tool for entrepreneurs who want to outsource customs and logistics. The tool is available on the evofenedex website.


Tip: Brexit checker

New rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe. Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.You can find this tool on the GOV.uk website.

Key considerations

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Dual use goods

Do you import or export dual use goods? As of 1 January 2021, the UK has been added to the list of countries for which a Union General Export Permit (the EU001) applies.
Keep in mind that dual use goods are subject to inspection. Apply for the necessary export permits (in Dutch).
Do you want to export a more sensitive strategic good (categories listed in Annex IV of the Regulation)? Then ask the Central Office for Import and Export of Customs for advice.

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