Customs facilities UK – what you need to consider

Since Brexit, the regulations regarding customs facilities UK have changed. For importers, exporters and hauliers, adapting to the new regulations and ensuring that documentation is completed correctly can be time-consuming. If your UK customs paperwork isn't in order, your shipments could be held up at the border or even turned away. We recommend that you study the rules regarding the paperwork and authorisations you will need for customs facilities UK in advance. De Rijke can provide you with more information on the requirements relating to transport post-Brexit and even take care of the logistics process for you from start to finish. Below, you can find out more about what this involves.

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Paperwork and authorisations for customs facilities UK

The UK government has set certain requirements for customs facilities UK. One of the things you must have is an EORI number. In some cases, you can create this number yourself, and in other cases, you should request it from the Dutch Tax Office. In addition, you must be able to file a customs declaration. This can be done in four ways:

  1. Have the declaration completed for you by a customs broker. Customs brokers specialise in customs facilities UK. You can engage a customs broker yourself. However, keep in mind that it may take several weeks to arrange everything with the broker and actually file a declaration. The advantage of this way of filing customs facilities UK is that you do not need any additional in-house ICT expertise.
  2. You can also use a customs declaration HUB, which is supplied by a software supplier. This often takes several months. This method does require you to have some in-house ICT expertise.
  3. Another option is to use a customs declaration package provided by a software supplier. This also takes a few months. You will need someone in-house with relatively advanced ICT skills to use this option.
  4. As a final option, you can build your own customs declaration software. To do so, you must have an ICT expert within your company or organisation.

After deciding which method of declaration best suits you or your business, you can move on to the next step of customs facilities UK. For this, you must ensure that you are registered for electronic messaging. Next, you should investigate whether there are any authorisations you need to apply for. We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with the additional legal procedures that you may need to deal with. The final step of the process is registering as an REX (registered exporter).

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Let us take care of your customs facilities UK

At De Rijke, we understand that the above steps are time-consuming and may involve tasks you would prefer not to have to deal with yourself. When you choose one of our modes of transport, you can have us take care of your customs facilities UK for you. We also provide a checklist for transport to or from the United Kingdom, which you will find here. Find out about the other ways we can help you with the documentation process for transport to the UK on our website. You'll find useful information and the answers to many questions, as well as a range of ways you can get in touch.

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Written by:

Joël de Rijke | Business Analyst

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