Implementation of Phase 3 of the UK Governments Border Operating Model represents another significant milestone in Great Britain's EU Exit customs' procedures. DACHSER has continued to keep pace with the changes to customs and transport processes, ensuring goods move across the border with as little disruption as possible.
As of January 1, 2022, we should expect to see an increase in border control with the need to submit an electronic declaration at the border and the introduction of the Goods Vehicle Movement System (GVMS) for import and export activity.
EIDR (Entry Into Declarants Record), a manual process to allow goods to cross the border using the traders EORI number, will no longer be permitted as of January 1, 2022. Instead, an electronic declaration Simplified Customs Declaration Process (SCDP) must be submitted.
GVMS is already used for transit movements but will be extended as of January 1, 2022 to automate the border control process by linking the customs declaration with a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) created in GVMS. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) links the customs declaration and the GMR, enabling vehicles to cross the border with no physical stops.
DACHSER will take care of the declaration and GVMS interaction unless you specify otherwise.
If you intend to organise the customs declaration yourself, either within your organisation or through an external customs agent, please note that DACHSER will need the customs declaration reference. This is known as an import release reference or IRR in DACHSER, enabling them to input this information into GVMS to allow the goods to cross the border.
January 1, 2022 will also see the introduction for a need to pre-notify products of animal origin (POAO) and certain animal by-products (ABP) arriving in the UK from the EU through the imports of food and feed system (IPAFFS). Physical inspections of these product groups, and plant and plant-based products, will not be required until July 1, 2022checks will be phased in product groups between July 1 and November 1, 2022. The attached document provides more detail on this subject. Please ensure you notify DACHSER if you require these additional services for your products.
If you intend to organise the customs declaration yourself for POAO, ABP or plants and plant-based products, you will also be responsible for the IPAFFS notification.
Further phased changes will come into effect later in 2022. Most notably, as of July 1, 2022, import safety and security declarations, also known as ENS, will be required. More information on ENS and inspections on POAO, certain ABP and plant and plant-based products will be required closer to the implementation time.
The information provided applies to network shipments carried on our groupage service and part and full trailer load movements.
The DACHSER network has worked together to review processes and incorporate changes necessary to support the introduction of the new controls. We are ready for January 1, 2022.
HMRC has set up a Customs and International Trade helpline number. 0300 322 9434 to support with questions on importing, exporting and customs reliefs. The helpline is open 8 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 4 pm at weekends UK time.
Also, the following can be used to send import and export questions to HMRC or use a webchat function.
HMRC have introduced the Export support service to support traders in obtaining answers to practical questions about exporting from GB to Europe.
Finally, HMRC has a YouTube channel that contains videos and webinars about customs processes that you may also find useful.