Are you Prepared?

Brexit - Is your supply chain ready?

On the 31st of January 2020, the UK officially left the European Union. Between now and the 31st of December 2020 we are in a period of transition and in terms of trading with Europe, nothing is due to change during this time, i.e there will be no new customs procedures.

If you export or import to the EU, then the below information will really assist you in your planning in preparation for the 1st of Jan 2021. 

Download the latest information from HM Revenue and Customs, you will find details on what to expect during the transition phase.

  • Have you registered for your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you are a business that only trades with the EU? From the 1st of Jan 2021, you will need a UK EORI number that starts with the letters GB.
  • Have you established your custom commodity codes and incoterms
  • Have you considered applying for AEO status?


Recently WTA was successful in regaining its AEO accreditation which gives us a trusted trader status giving a possible faster route to market for our clients.


Recent updates by the UK Government

On the 19th of May, the UK Government announced the UK Global Tariff (UKGT) which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 when the Transition Period will end. 

The UK Governments aim with the UKGT is that it will be easier for companies to import goods into the UK, by reducing red tape and increasing choice for consumers. £30 billion pounds of tariffs will be removed from the inbound supply chain.

The UK Gov is backing UK Industry which means that there will be tariffs applied to many goods if there is no Free Trade Agreement in place (FTA). This could potentially mean increased costs when importing certain products from the EU if at the end of the transition period there is no trade agreement in place. If you import cars, agricultural products, ceramics expect to have to pay import duties. For a full list of products that will have tariffs click here

14th of July the Border operating model was announced. This document gives an overview of the import and export processes between the UK and the EU from the 1st of Jan 2021. 

9th October the UK government has updated the Customs transitional arrangements

WTA - Brexit Infographic

It is also worth checking the step by step guide to importing and exporting from the EU

Importing from the EU

Importing from the EU

Review the latest video - Importing from the EU 

Exporting from the EU

Exporting to the EU

Review the latest video - Exporting to the EU

Customs Clearance

Customs clearace is going to get a lot more complicated and a lot more paperwork will be involved. Review the UK Governments customs clearance "How to" video here

Northern Ireland update

Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol
Additional information on how to prepare for moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland

Wooden Pallet update

If you are going to be using wooden pallets to ship your goods to and from Europe from the 1st of Jan 2021, you need to make sure that the pallets have been heat treated and meet the ISPM 15 standard. The pallets will bear a stamp to show that they are certified and suitable for use. Make sure your supply chain is ready for this. There is expected to be a shortage of certified pallets come Jan 1st 2021. 

Any questions you might have don't hesitate to contact our Brexit Manager Andrew Jessup

Download our Brexit Guide