ASM Welcomes Brexit Trade Clarity

(Europe) Preparations to Begin for Import Controls

Preparation for post-Brexit trade arrangement can now get underway, thanks to improved clarity for forwarders and hauliers in the UK, according to Customs specialist Agency Sector Management, or ASM.

The agency welcomed the UK govenrment’s announcement this week around import controls, stating that firms can now begin implementing systems to tackle trade friction.

“We now know there will be no extension of the transitional period, it is the drop-dead-stop scenario, but it means we have clarity,” said Peter MacSwiney, ASM chairman.

Inevitable Customs Checks

Clarifying previous statements on the topic, the government this week announced that import controls are set to take place from Dec. 31, 2020 onwards on EU goods crossing into the UK.

“The UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union, so we will have to be ready for the customs procedures and regulatory checks that will inevitably follow,” said Michael Gove, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The government called for businesses to ensure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and also explore "how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent."

Policy Easements

The EU has also said it will enforce checks on British goods entering the Eurozone and as a result of these changes, breakbulk operators moving cargo between the UK from EU countries, and potentially Northern Ireland, will have to submit customs declarations and be liable to goods’ checks.

“We will ensure facilitations currently available to rest of the world traders will also be open to those trading between GB and EU,” Gove added.

The government has also confirmed that policy easements put in place for a potential no-deal exit will not be reintroduced as businesses have time to prepare.