Fast tracking customs clearance as new Brexit rules come into force

Transmec has stepped up use of its own customs warehouses to fast-track freight movement as the UK begins formal checks at ports following Brexit.

Instead of waiting for imported goods to be cleared at the port, Transmec is taking them straight to External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSFs) at its UK branches in London, the Midlands, and the North.

“We are determined to minimise delays caused by the new customs controls,” explained John Simkins, Transmec UK’s general manager.

“By using the Transit clearance system, shipments arriving in the UK can proceed directly to an ETSF, thereby minimising hold-ups at ports. 

“There’s the added benefit that individual consignments can then be cleared for onward delivery from the ETSF without having to wait for every item on a trailer to be cleared.”

The new controls came into effect on January 1. Changes also mean that all exports from EU to UK worth more than €6,000 now need a REX Number quoted on the export invoice in order for the importer to qualify for zero/reduced rate of duty for EU manufactured goods. 

Moreover, commercial invoices must now show the individual country of origin rather than the EU code which is no longer valid.

For further details of Transmec’s customs clearance service please contact us.

PHOTO - Andy Ball is coordinating the ETSF at Transmec’s Redditch branch.

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