Countrywide Freight ("CF") has been working hard to ensure our customers' service is not affected and of the same standard you currently receive with minimal disruption post Brexit with the proposed changes by the UK Government. We will process the Export, Import and Declarations required and will require our customers, and in turn your customers, also to be ready in order for a smooth transition.
Our aim is to ensure that you and your customers are prepared, therefore, please obtain the following as soon as possible. This information will be required to be forwarded to Countrywide by Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or, if you are currently using the web portal, the following information:
- Ensure you and your customer obtain an EORI Number
This is short for 'Economic Operators Registration and Identification Number' and is a system of unique identification numbers used by Customs Authorities throughout the European Union. The Northern Ireland protocol will be implemented from the 1st January 2021. So what does this mean for you? If you move goods to or from Northern Ireland from 1st January you or your customers will need an additional EORI number which starts with XI and we suggest you sign up to the Trader support Services to make sure you get a registration number and for further information regarding this. Please register via the following link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trader-support-service and further information can also be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/eori
- Shipper and consignee address, contact details and destination
- HS Commodity codes are required for ALL items shipped
To help you locate the code you can refer to the following website link: https://www.tariffnumber.com
- Duty and Charges
Whilst an exact deal (or lack of a deal) is yet to be confirmed, it is almost certain that your goods will be susceptible to duty charges in the ROI. Payment of duties and fees will need to be made prior to final delivery of the goods.
See 'Taric Consultation': https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en to give an idea of the rates applied. For the moment you can select a third country such as the USA and Australia.
- Country of origin (where manufactured) of each type of goods being supplied
- Total value of all goods
- Gross weight (including packaging), net weight (excluding packaging) and number of items
- Incoterms – These are Trade Terms that are key elements of international contracts of sale. They tell the parties what to do with respect to carriage of the goods from buyer to seller, and export & import clearance. They also explain the division of costs and risks between the parties.
- A Commercial Invoice, multiplied by 3, is to be sent with the goods. This will need to include, goods description, commodity code, tariff number, value and currency, packaging details, weight, origin, EORI number, Inco Terms, full address of the importer and exporter.
- A full packing list to be sent with the goods giving the HS code, number of pieces, gross weight, net weight and value.
The cost of Countrywide providing customs clearance will be advised shortly.
Over the coming weeks we will be posting on the website further information that will be useful and helpful during this transitional period on topics and further clarification on how we will process your customs requirements.
There is currently a lot of information regarding Brexit circulating and hopefully we have outlined some of your main areas of concern at this stage of the Brexit negotiations.
We are here to help in this time of uncertainty and our goal is that, irrespective of a deal on Brexit or not, your goods will continue to move smoothly and efficiently. If you have any questions, then please let us know and we would be happy to discuss. Contact us at Brexit@Countrywide-freight.co.uk