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Travelling to the EU? Prepare now for the EU posting of drivers portal
From 2 February, the EU is introducing new rules that mean if you operate loaded goods journeys in and between European Member States (cabotage or cross-trade), you may need to register information digitally about your journeys on a new EU web based portal.

Government sets out a new timetable for introducing border controls  
The UK Government has established a new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK.

UK shippers and hauliers struggle as new customs regime for exports looms
The Loadstar 25th August 2021:
From 1 October, there will be new safety and security requirements surrounding exports with an expanded list of movements requiring exit summary declarations (EXS), raising complexity in GB-EU supply chains.

Customs News Archive

January 2022

GOV.UK 12th Jan: Register road haulage journeys within Europe from 2 February 2022

August 2021

GOV.UK 16th Sep: Government sets out pragmatic new timetable for introducing border controls

The Loadstar 25th Aug: UK shippers and hauliers struggle as new customs regime for exports looms

BBC News 21st Aug: Brexit: Dover HGV border checkpoint size reduced

The Irish Times 17th Aug: Imports from NI to Republic up 77% since UK’s EU exit

Reuters 13th Aug: EU exports to Britain rise in June as they fall to rest of the world

Yahoo News 12th Aug: UK exports to EU return to pre-Brexit levels

BBC News 11th Aug: Operation Brock: Brexit lorry controls 'could stay'

Institute of Export 4th Aug: New procedure code for customs declarations to make goods movements through smaller ports quicker

The Loadstar 3rd Aug: UK's CHIEF customs declaration system set to end in 2023, says HMRC

July 2021

The Drinks Business 28th July: UK wine trade celebrates abolition of ‘unnecessary’ import certificates

The Irish Times 27th July: EU pauses legal action against UK over Northern Ireland protocol

Independent 23rd July: Northern Ireland protocol clash risks ‘inevitable’ UK-EU trade war, officials fear

BBC News 23rd July: Brexit: No breakthrough on NI protocol after PM speaks to EU chief

Bloomberg 22nd July: EU to Escalate Legal Action Against U.K. Over N. Ireland

Reuters 9th July: UK exports to EU recover from initial post-Brexit slump

June 2021

UK Gov 30th June: Extension to Northern Ireland Protocol grace period for chilled meats agreed

Channel 4 News 30th June: Brexit: UK and EU agree to postpone ban on chilled meats entering UK from Northern Ireland

BBC News 28th June: Brexit: EU chief negotiator before Stormont committee

The Loadstar 25th June: UK importers 'sleepwalking' into chaos as customs declarations freeze ends

BBC News 21st June: Brexit: UK's request on meat ban 'gives chance for calm'

Swindon Business News 20th June: Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

BBC News 16th June: Brexit: Can the UK and the EU reach a deal on Northern Ireland?

The Irish Times 15th June: Brexit accelerates North-South trade as more firms use NI to move goods

The Conversation 11th June: Why are British sausages being blocked from entry into Northern Ireland? The dispute explained

BBC News 8th June: Brexit: UK and EU urge compromises over Irish Sea border checks

The Loadstar 7th June: 175 day delay to customs declarations comes to an end 25 June

Politico 6th June: With trust ‘low,’ EU, UK swap words ahead of post-Brexit talks

Logistics Manager June: Brexit: Reality Bites - real-world experience of Brexit and moving goods across the Irish Sea

May 2021

Building Design 24th May: Government may extend deadline for post-Brexit certification as worries mount for Building Products.

BBC News 20th May: Surge in Irish cross-border trade continued in March

BBC News 17th May: UK proposes new Irish Sea food checks from October

Reuters 14th May: Britain, Ireland agree to work together to smooth post-Brexit trade

Institute for Export 13th May: ‘Clock is ticking for importers to make customs declarations,' EU-GB traders told

BBC News 11th May: Brexit minister says NI Protocol operation is ‘not sustainable’

The FT 3rd May: Brussels signals flexibility on post-Brexit rules for Northern Ireland

April 2021

RTÉ 27th Apr: European Parliament approves Brexit trade deal

New European 23rd Apr: MEPs warn Brexit deal could be cancelled if No 10 continues to ignore terms

BBC News 20th Apr: Boris Johnson promises to end GB-NI trade barriers

BBC News 16th Apr: Brexit: Euro MPs' vote bolsters EU-UK trade deal

Evening Standard 15th Apr: EU and UK hold talks over post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland

Politico 13th Apr: MEPs stall EU-UK trade deal ratification — again

Forwarder Magazine Apr: Impact of Brexit & Covid on supply chain - Latest Research

Yahoo Finance 13th Apr: UK-EU trade recovered in February after historic drop in January

The Guardian 12th Apr: UK and EU edge closer to deal on Brexit checks in Northern Ireland

Reuters 12th Apr: UK MPs, business figures set up an independent commission to improve Brexit trade deal

Descartes 6th Apr: Report Highlights Impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on Supply Chains: Early Preparation Remains Key to Avoid Expensive Disruptions

IT Supply Chain 6th Apr: Beyond Brexit: The Realities of Brexit for the UK-EU Cross Border Trade

Business Leader: CPG Logistics uses e-Customs for Post Brexit Customs Compliance

March 2021

HGV UK 31st Mar: Realising post-Brexit efficiencies with streamlined customs clearances

Politico 26th Mar: How to fix Brexit’s Northern Ireland protocol problem

The Independent 24th Mar: Peers tell government to reopen EU talks

The Guardian 23rd Mar: EU keen to resume Brexit talks to end Northern Ireland row

Politico 23rd Mar: European Parliament to ratify UK trade deal in late April, president says

UK Government 15th Mar: £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

EuroNews 15th Mar: EU begins legal action against UK over 'breaches' related to Northern Ireland protocol

ModernRetail 12th Mar: Delivering Consumer Clarity: Calculating 'Landed Costs'

Daily Business 11th Mar: EU import checks delayed to give firms time to prepare

Politico 9th Mar: EU countries back legal action against UK over post-Brexit grace period extension

BBC News 6th Mar: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI

The Guardian 4th Mar: EU postpones setting date for ratifying Brexit trade deal

BBC 3rd Mar: EU says UK grace period extension breaches international law

Organisation for World Peace 1st Mar: The U.K. Demands Extension Of Northern Ireland’s Grace Periods

February 2021

The National 24th Feb: Scottish Government outline plans for new border control post at Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway.

Politico 23rd Feb: UK gives EU extra time to ratify Brexit trade deal (now April 30)

BBC News 22nd Feb: Brexit: NI supermarkets face new rules for GB meat products from 1st March

BBC News 17th Feb: Lord Frost: Brexit negotiator joins cabinet to deal with EU

BBC News 17th Feb: Brexit: NI port operators warn of grace period end at start of April

UK Gov. 11th Feb: Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

BBC News 11th Feb: Preserving NI protocol is 'the only way' forward, warns EU

Politico 9th Feb: EU seeks more time to ratify Brexit deal

News Letter 8th Feb: More Irish customs declarations in a month than all of last year

NI Ferry 8th Feb: Traffic Continues To Move At Port of Dover After Brexit

BBC News 4th Feb: UK and EU in 'constructive discussions' over NI trade row

BBC News 3rd Feb: UK PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI

BBC News 2nd Feb: Brexit: Michael Gove calls for extension of Brexit grace periods (NI)

Irish, Express & Star 2nd Feb: Inspections required by new Irish Sea trading arrangements have been suspended amid fears for the safety of staff.

BBC News 1st Feb: Brexit: Processes to ease food delivery of mixed loads to NI announced

January 2021

BBC News 31st Jan: Irish Sea border: What will happen once the grace periods end?

BBC News 31st Jan: Brexit: NI supermarkets face new rules for GB meat products

Politico 26th Jan: The bureaucratic battle to make the Brexit deal work

BBC News 23rd Jan: Brexit: Can Irish Sea border ‘teething problems’ be solved?

BBC News 20th Jan: Irish Sea border disrupts sale of organic food

Politico 19th Jan: Barnier moves to ‘special adviser’ as Šefčovič to become point man on Brexit

RTE 18th Jan: Extension sought for ratification of EU-UK free trade deal

The Financial Times 14th Jan: Barnier warns post-Brexit border friction is the new normal

Fleetpoint 12th Jan: Meadow Foods deploys Descartes' e-Customs to prepare for Brexit

The Parliament Mag 12th Jan: MEPs ‘regret’ being unable to scrutinise Brexit deal before it came into force

BBC News 12th Jan: Brexit: Five surprising consequences

SmartCompliance 8th Jan: New processes for hauliers travelling to Ireland

Sky News 1st Jan: Brexit transition ends as UK-EU trade deal takes effect

December 2020

BBC News 25th Dec: The Brexit Deal: What we know so far

BBC News 25th Dec: Brexit: EU diplomats briefed on Brexit trade deal

BBC News 25th Dec: Brexit: UK PM announces new deal between UK and EU

BBC News 23rd Dec: Brexit: UK and EU 'haggling', as hopes for trade deal rise

The Guardian 22nd Dec: Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

The New European 21st Dec: Michel Barnier to make Brexit announcement 3pm GMT

BBC News 21st Dec: Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021

BBC News 21st Dec: Brexit: Trade deal talks continue as negotiators fail to reach agreement

The Economist 19th Dec: Will Brexit cause disruption in Britain's ports?

BBC News 17th Dec: Brexit trade talks: Less than 50% chance of deal, says Michael Gove

RTĒ 17th Dec: MEPs will not ratify EU-UK treaty this year if deal not done by Sunday

Reuters 17th Dec: Priti Patel says on Brexit: we're in 'tunnel' of negotiations

BBC News 16th Dec: Brexit trade talks: Could the UK and the EU keep negotiating?

BBC News 14th Dec: Brexit trade talks: Process 'still has legs', UK source says

BBC News 10th Dec: Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail

BBC News 9th Dec: Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen

UK Gov - Cabinet Office 8th Dec: Joint statement by the co-chairs of the EU-UK Joint Committee - agreement in principle on all issues.

BBC News 8th Dec: Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal

BBC News 7th Dec: Brexit: UK-EU talks to resume in final push for trade deal

BBC News 6th Dec: Brexit: UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'

BBC News 5th Dec: Brexit talks: What comes next as negotiators hit pause button?

BBC News 3rd Dec: Brexit: UK-EU trade talks down to the wire

BBC News 1st Dec: UK-EU trade talks: UK still committed to EU deal as differences remain

November 2020

Associated Press 29th Nov: UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their ‘last week’

BBC News 28th Nov: Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks

iNews 23rd Nov: Brexit talks: Fishing still central to deal as UK-EU negotiations near endgame

Reuters 23rd Nov: EU's Barnier says "fundamental differences" persist in UK trade talks

BBC News 19th Nov: Brexit talks suspended after positive Covid test

BBC News 19th Nov: Talk of Brexit deal breakthrough: Handle with care

BBC News 15th Nov: Brexit: Trade deal sticking points 'can be resolved', says UK minister

Sky News 11th Nov: Brexit: EU-UK deal 'unlikely' this week and talks will drag on, says Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney

BBC News 9th Nov: Brexit: EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London

BBC News 4th Nov: Brexit- Differences remain over trade deal, say UK and EU

Lloyd's Loading List, 2nd Nov: Brexit: Lack of preparedness continues to affect trading community

BBC News, 2nd Nov: Brexit: GB-NI trade 'will involve 30M declarations' a year.

Reuters, 1st Nov: EU and British Brexit negotiators will continue talks in Brussels on Monday and until around mid-week...

October 2020

Business Leader Mag, 28th Oct: Is your business ready for Brexit? and how to prepare for 1st January 2021.....

Lloyd's Loading List, 28th Oct: UK’s freight ecosystem braces for massive changes

Reuters, 27th Oct: European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier resumed talks in London with his British counterpart on Tuesday as the two sides try to strike a last-minute trade agreement...

BBC News 22nd Oct: Brexit: Michel Barnier heads to UK as trade talks restart.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will arrive in London later to resume talks over a post-Brexit trade agreement, after a week-long standoff.

Bloomberg News, 21st Oct: Brexit Talks Set to Restart With Aim of Deal by Mid-November
Trade talks between the U.K. and European Union are on the verge of resuming after positive contact between the two sides, three people familiar with the discussions said.

BBC News, 20th Oct: Brexit: Standoff continues in trade talks after negotiators' call.
Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal remain stalled, after a phone call between the two sides' negotiators failed to make a breakthrough.

BBC News, 20th Oct: Brexit: Have EU-UK trade talks reached a dead end?
After months of wrangling and shadow-boxing, posturing and incomprehension of the bottom-line priorities of the other side - are the negotiations truly over?

UK Gov: 19th Oct: EU Exit - Update on negotiations and the work of the joint committee .
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has updated the House of Commons on negotiations with the European Union and the work of the UK-EU Joint Committee.

Sky News, 19th Oct: New government publicity campaign says 'time is running out' for firms to prepare for no deal.
Businesses that trade with Europe are to be warned by Boris Johnson this week that time is running out to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Descartes, 19th Oct: Kent access permit required for cross Channel HGV's
The Cabinet Office has confirmed that a Kent Access Permit will be mandatory for all HGVs using the Channel crossings to the European Union from the UK.

UK Gov, 16th Oct: PM Statement on negotiations with the EU.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on negotiations with the EU

Public, 15th Oct: Minister says HMRC needs another 1,000 staff before transition period ends.
HM Revenue and Customs is more than 1,000 staff short of its recruitment target to deal with new procedures that will be introduced at the end of the EU transition period in 78 days’ time.

The Independent, 15th Oct: Boris Johnson set to talk to Ursula Von der Leyson on Wednesday 14th October.
...on the eve of a crucial summit in Brussels which No 10 set as a deadline for the “outline” of a trade deal with the EU.

BBC News, 14th Oct: EU Leaders weigh up hard choices over Brexit trade deal.
In a call with the European Commission president and the European Council president he (Boris Johnson) said he would wait for EU leaders to finish their summit discussions on Friday before deciding the UK's next steps.

Lloyd's Loading List, 14th Oct: Freight sector denies "head in sand" UK government claim
Freight and business representatives have responded strongly to comments from a senior UK government minister suggesting that UK import and export businesses have their “heads in the sand” over the preparations they need to make to keep freight moving from 1 January.

UK Gov, 13th Oct: Agreements signed with 4 ferry operators to provide capacity equivalent to 3000 HGV's per week.
The contracts with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena, collectively worth £77.6 million, will focus on 9 routes serving 8 ports

Global Cold Chain News, 12th Oct: Traffic Fear Post Brexit could spark suspension of perishable traffic in January
Perishable food exporters could delay sending goods to the EU for the first two weeks of next year

UK Gov 12th Oct: Urgent message from the Business Secretary - Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?
" There will be guaranteed changes from 1 January for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions you can take today to prepare."

The Loadstar, 9th Oct: UK Government unveils plans for more post-Brexit border control Posts updated border operating model confirms that a further five inland sites are being studied as potential BCPs.

UK Gov, 6th Oct: The Border Operating Model - Importing & Exporting Goods
The Border Operating Model has now been updated and you can access the latest version

Lloyd's Loading List: Serious shortage of customs staff 'unavoidable' at UK forwarders

Modern Retail - Transport operators - It's time. Are you Brexit ready?
Given the huge distraction of Covid19, it’s no surprise that many companies are reportedly still not ‘Brexit ready’

UK Gov: Joint statement by the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission - 3rd October 2020

UK Gov: David Frost's statement following the 9th round of EU-UK Trade Talks

EU Commission: Michel Barnier's statement following the 9th round of EU-UK Talks

Forwarder Magazine - UK Business ill prepared for Brexit customs complexity
Since March, Covid-19 has wrought unprecedented change throughout every supply chain – and many firms felt they had no option but to shelve Brexit planning, and in many cases also use cash and stock initially reserved for Brexit-related disruption, simply to survive.

Cold Chain Federation - It's time-Beat the Brexit clock countdown
The UK’s planned exit from the European Union has caused much uncertainty over the last few years, with numerous extensions to the final Brexit deadline and a deal yet to be agreed

September 2020

UK Haulier - Descartes UK Business ill prepared for post Brexit customs complexity
2020 was meant to be the year of ‘Brexit Preparation’. When the UK left the EU on January 1 2020

IT In The Supply Chain - UK Business ill prepared for post Brexit customs complexity
When the UK left the EU on January 1st 2020, firms involved in trade with the EU were set to spend 12 months on robust planning, maximising the 12 month Brexit transition period

Logistics Business - Fewer than 1 in 5 UK firms are ready for no-deal Brexit
Undertaken by SAPIO Research during July 2020, the interviews with supply chain managers assessed companies’ general expectations around the impact of Brexit

Global Cold Chain News - Supply chain delays are the main concern for UK businesses post Brexit
Delays to the supply chain are the biggest concern to UK businesses regarding the impact of Brexit on cross border trade

UK Gov: David Frost's statement following the 8th round of EU-UK Trade Talks

EU Commission: Michel Barnier's statement following the 8th round of EU-UK Talks

BBC News: UK to unveil planned changes to Withdrawal Agreement.

BBC News: Brexit: UK chief negotiator calls for 'realism' from EU

UK Gov: Prime Minister's words on EU negotiations: 7 September 2020

UK Gov: Agenda - 8th Round Trade Talks EU-UK 7th Sept - 10th Sept.

IT Supply Chain UK: Brexit Readiness report highlights UK businesses' ill-preparedness

August 2020

UK Gov: David Frost's Statement following the 7th Round of EU-UK Trade Talks

UK Gov: Agenda - 7th Round Trade Talks EU-UK 17th Aug-20th Aug

International Business Times - Many UK companies ill prepared-for Brexit
Few UK supply chain managers are ready for a no-deal Brexit

Bloomberg - Firms aren't preparing for Brexit due to virus institute says
Many U.K. companies are not preparing for Brexit because the coronavirus pandemic has depleted their cash reserves

Handy Shipping Guide - Logistics software provider asks is the UK ready for Brexit?
The study, published as ‘Is the UK Ready for Brexit’, is based on data gleaned by SAPIO Research during July 2020

Transport Operator - Logistics experts sector must step-up Brexit-preparations
Hauliers will need to get to grips with at least eight new computer systems in order for Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) trade to operate efficiently after the Brexit transition,

Freight Business Journal - Business unready for Brexit says survey
Just over half think a UK-EU trade deal is unlikely to be achieved in 2020 and only one in ten supply chain managers claim to have total certainty regarding the impact of Brexit on their business.

IT Supply Chain: KLG Europe prepares for Brexit

UK Gov: David Frost's statement following the 6th round of trade talks

EU Commission: Michel Barnier's statement following the 6th round of trade talks

Truck & Track: Buckling up for Brexit

Truck & Track: Taking back control of customs clearances with Brexit

Truck & Track: Continuing Success – Brexit & Beyond

July 2020

EU-UK 6th round of trade talks - download the agenda here

Institute of Export: What is the GVMS? The UK's new Border System

UK Government: The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol

UK Government: UK Announces new post-Brexit tariff regime

BBC News: UK Government confirms there will be border checks at NI Ports

June 2020

Supply Chain Times : Is digitisation the key to preventing cross-border landed costs from disrupting international ecommerce?

May 2020

UK Government: Agenda - Third Round of Talks starting 11th May

BBC News: Third round of trade talks to start w/c 11th May

UK Government: Trade negotiations start with the USA

BBC News: New timetable for talks announced

RTÉ: EU-UK Second round of talks begin

UK Gov: Sanction advice post Transition Period

BBC News: 1st round of trade talks completed - serious issues remain

Manufacturing and Logistics IT: The future of supply chain and logistics Descartes presents advice to industry professionals

Fleetpoint: Meyer adopts new HMRC customs declaration service with Descartes.

Multimodal : Active Products transition to new customs declaration service with Descartes

Handy Shipping Guide: UK customs declaration changes will affect all freight customers

Logistics Business: SME importer adopts customs declaration service with Descartes.

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