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Dave Stanyard

Dave Stanyard

Dave Stanyard is the customs manager at Cargo Flow Agency.

September 23rd 2020


As from January 2021, the transition period will end. A consequence of this is that the UK becomes a third country for member states of the EU and the free movement of goods ends. This means controls will be placed on the movement of goods Great Britain and the EU.

Recognising the impact of Coronavirus Covid 19 and businesses ability to prepare the UK government has taken the decision to introduce new border controls in 3-time stages up until 1st July 2021 for imports. 

Regarding Exports, all declarations must be made from the original Brexit date 1st January 2021. 


From 1st January 2021 traders importing standard goods will need to prepare for basic customs requirements.

Standard non-controlled goods arriving in the UK under transit will need to complete certain Office of Transit formalities. The government hope to introduce a new digital model to automate this process  Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to help ease the flow of traffic, awaiting clarification on this at a later date.

Traders importing controlled goods (eg excise goods) will need to complete full customs formalities at port of entry from 1st January 2021. 

Traders must keep business records of all imports and will have 6 months to make declarations and pay any relevant duties due before 1st July 2021. 

From April 2021 all products of animal origin and all regulated plants and plant products will require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation. 

From July 2021 traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the port of importation and pay applicable tariffs/duties.


As from 1st January 2021, all exports will require the relevant declaration before leaving the UK border.


If we manage your UK customs declarations from 1st January 2021 we will require urgently from yourselves prior to the arrival of goods the following information :

  • Letter of authorisation to act on your behalf as a direct representative in the completion of Customs declarations.
  • EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) numbers of recipient and sender.
  • Commercial Invoice – this should state the country of origin/invoice number / full concise description of goods / total value of goods and currency / Incoterms (ex-works,FOB,CIF,DDP etc / Customs Tariff Number (HS) of the goods (worldwide uniform classification code of goods) / full name and address details of Exporter, Importer and delivery details if different/gross weight of goods. 
  • Any additional relevant information to the goods (i.e Health or Phyto certificate/licenses)


Should you have any questions re above please do not hesitate to contact ourselves at Cargo Flow Agency

+44 1273 583000

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