Brexit Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ includes information regarding Brexit.

What will be the impact of Brexit to my digital supply chain?

There are different scenarios possible. Your daily processes are likely to be changed and this will also influence your digital processes. To avoid problems and acting too late, start your preparation on time. Under the rule, before merchandise arriving by vessel can be imported into the United States, importer or their agent must electronically submit certain advance cargo information to CBP. This requirement only applies to cargo arriving in the United States by ocean vessel.


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I am interested in submitting import declarations into the country I am shipping to, can I do this myself ?

If you have a permanent establishment in that customs territory, so the UK for imports into the UK or an EU Member State for imports into the EU (you may need a branch office in the actual Member State of import or a SASP authorisation) then yes.

Generally it is not permissible for a company established outside the customs territory to act as a declarant or hold customs authorisations, you will either have to appoint a fiscal representative to act on your behalf, use a freight forwarder or change your terms of sale so that the importer is responsible for the import customs clearance.However, for foreign cargo remaining on board (FROB), the ISF Importer is the carrier.

For immediate exportation (IE) and transportation and exportation (T&E) in-bond shipments, and goods to be delivered to a foreign trade zone (FTZ), the ISF Importer is the party filing the IE, T&E, or FTZ documentation.

For imports into the UK do I need any specific port accounts ?

For goods imported via the major ports and airports, these are generally managed by port community systems and are commonly called inventory linked. For these although you can still submit declarations using our software you will need a port community system identity (otherwise called a “badge”) for each inventory linked port. We can help guide you on how to get that set up.

I am planning to use TSPs after Brexit can I still do this?

HMRC have stated that "Transitional Simplified Procedures are currently suspended. You will not need to use this between February and December 2020. If you have applied, keep your paperwork safe."

What does Inventory Linked mean in the UK?

The customs declaration is linked to the port inventory system and a specific consignment, allowing for the customs release status on the port system to be automatically updated on clearance of the customs declaration and sent from customs directly to the port in a secure and trusted manner.

I am importing into the UK only via RoRo do I still need a “badge” ?

If your Ro-Ro location uses an existing port community system that is inventory linked then yes. Speak with the Community System Provider for that port.

If the Ro-Ro location is NOT inventory linked then to complete a customs declaration e.g. a frontier declaration for the Ex EU 27. You will need a ‘Badge’. However, you do not require one per non-inventory linked location just a single “badge” from any of the UK port community system providers (aka CSP).

What specific codes have been introduced into the UK for Brexit ?

New Transport Mode and additional Information codes will be implemented in the case of a No Deal Brexit.

  • Imports Postponed Accounting
    • Method of Payment code G has been added for Postponed VAT accounting, which should be the expected method unless the importer is not VAT registered or VAT is being secured on deposit.
  • Imports RoRo and Irish Land Border (ILB)*
    • New Transport Mode “6” RoRo
      • Additional Information statement ROIMP is required for RoRo traffic (no text is required)
      • Additional Information statement NIROI is required for goods location ILB (no AI text is required)
    • Transport ID is required for RoRo
  • RoRo Exports and Irish Land Border (ILB)*
    • New Transport Mode “6” RoRo
    • To take into account that Exports through RoRo ports have to be declared as “arrived”, e.g. Declaration Type EXA
      • Additional Information statement ROVRN is required for RoRo traffic (Additional Information text should be the vehicle / trailer details)
      • Additional Information statement RODEP is required for Excise goods to suppress assumed departure processing; actual departure should be arranged via a loader who can submit departure notifications or HMRC using a C1602

Although the UK has announced complete duty free access for goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland and removed the need for any customs declarations this does not apply to goods liable to Excise Duty or certain controlled goods hence the need for specific ILB codes.

How do I handle cargo from EU that comes to the UK for QC then goes on to the Republic of Ireland?

In general if the goods are to be unpacked and checked then under the current No Deal position then they would need to be imported into the UK under Inward Processing or Temporary Admission and then re-exported to the EU including the Republic of Ireland BUT the position on the arrangement between the UK and RoI is not yet known / finalised.

The UK has said I do not need an export declaration from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland or an import declaration into Northern Ireland from the Republic but what about the Irish Government?

As it currently stands under EU legislation goods entering or leaving the Republic of Ireland will require customs declarations to be lodged.

I may need to operate an ETSF - External Temporary Storage Facility, is there software to help?

The Descartes Pentant ETSF solution is tailor-made for truck based movements into inland temporary storage facilities anywhere in the UK. The fully HMRC and Border Force approved Pentant CSP Inventory system brings full control and compliance to your ETSF and enables you to move your customs clearances away from the border to your inland premises, under the same controls, rules and regulations, bringing all operations in-house rather than at remote port clearance sites.

The unique truck-based solution is provide through Software as a Service (SaaS) and is fully accessible through the internet.

Based on Pentant’s many years of experience, in inventory-linked Ro-Ro movements through the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel, the software provides the same level of detail and granulation required at a truck level for the clearance of goods, but at your own site.

The Descartes Pentant CSP also provides a direct, managed, physical line CHIEF to deliver your (or your agent’s) related customs declarations and responses.

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