The latest news about the Brexit.

Final Phase Brexit -> Border Operating Model phase 3 postponed

The British government is postponing the introduction of additional customs requirements within the Border Operating Model (BOM) until the end of 2023. As a result of this postponement, health certificates for a large part of the plant and animal products that you import into the UK are not yet required. The mandatory safety declaration Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) has also been postponed as a result. In Q4 of 2022, the British Government plan to provide more substantive information about the next steps. To date, no new information is known about the implementation of this next phase.

Situation with Brexit as of 1 October 2022

In October 2022, the English customs system switched from CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) to CDS (Customs Declaration Service). This change currently mainly affects English importers. This transition has already taken place and Heebink customers have experienced virtually no inconvenience or delay.

Update 16 December 2021

If you thought Brexit was done? … check here you may need to take further action! From January 2022 UK frontier controls will be introduced.

From 1 January 2022, we will be entering phase 2 of Brexit with customs declarations being required on the ferries arrival at the UK Port, please start to review how you will handle the payment of any applicable tax and/or duties that must be paid as part of the clearance process at Port (VAT registered businesses will still be able to use postponed VAT accounting to avoid having to pay Import VAT at this stage) however this does not extend to any duty amounts.

There are also likely to be a higher level of physical checks (currently these are limited to “high risk live animals and plants”). Also remember the requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports, originally planned for 1 October 2021, will also be effective from 1 January 2022, same as this is already happening for traffic from England to the Netherlands, which will open the possibility of transit delays. From 1st January 2022 a pre-lodgement model for handling shipments into the UK comes into effect which will require UK import entries to be available before trucks can board the ferries in NL, therefore all UK entry instructions will be required in advance.

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Brexit – 2022

Make sure to claim your preferential duty rate on EU Imports from January 2022

Changes to how you can claim preferential duty rates on EU imports are effective from January 2022. These changes will require additional detail on your commercial invoices. If the value of the goods is over EUR 6000 your supplier will need to provide a REX number.
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Just an update regarding the Brexit

The United Kingdom is definitely not going to extend the transition phase of the Brexit. This has been announced by the British minister Michael Gove. On January 1, 2021, they regain control and regain their political and economic independence. Many talks will follow between the EU and the UK in the coming months. Apart from the final agreements on the future relationship with the UK, after December 31, 2020 there will be boundary formalities in traffic to and from the UK anyway.

Negotiations in full swing

In the meantime only 2 months to go
It seems that three more scenarios are possible. The first scenario means a deal Brexit, whereby the EU’s internal market remains open to the British, as well as the British market remains accessible to the member states. Much less cooperation will take place in many areas, such as regulations, security and defense.

The second scenario is the much-discussed no-deal Brexit. In such a case, the UK would leave the EU without a trade deal and trade would henceforth be conducted on an “Australian model”. The EU does not currently have a free trade agreement with Australia, although small agreements exist on specific topics.

The third scenario is a partial deal, according to insiders. This option certainly becomes relevant when time is running out and the power blocks want to reach an agreement at the last minute. The parties can then make temporary agreements on points on which they agree, without these possibly being ratified by the EU.

US elections potentially crucial factor in negotiations
Presidential candidate Joe Biden indicated in September that he is not a fan of Johnson’s Brexit bill, which could overturn parts of the withdrawal agreement. Biden does not see a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and believes that the British should simply stick to the agreements made earlier with the EU. (Scenario 1 of 3)
However, if current President Donald Trump wins the presidential election, Johnson would feel empowered to go for a no-deal Brexit. The American president is a supporter of Brexit and would prefer to see a renewed trade agreement with London as soon as possible. (Scenario 2)

The winner of the US presidential elections may therefore be a precursor to what Brexit scenario will emerge at the end of this year.

In the meantime, time is running out for the British as they will leave the EU on January 1, 2021.

Do you have your commodity codes?

Establish commodity codes for your goods.
This will allow you to apply the correct rate and amount of Duty and keep you compliant with HMRC.
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Do you have your EORI number?

If you do not have an active EORI number one will be needed for Customs Clearance.
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Paperwork Checklist

Required with all shipments. Is your shipping department able to provide a commercial
invoice & packing list for every shipment? We will require to following information;


  • Importer
  • Exporter
  • Goods Description
  • Packaging Details
  • Weight (gross and nett)
  • Sales Value & Currency
  • Incoterm
  • Country of Origin
  • EORI Number
  • Commodity Code