Imports and Exports
Now the transition period is over, imports and exports from and to EU-countries have become more complicated for the UK. From now on, they will involve phased in customs checks, duties and a large amount of documentation.
Thanks to the deal signed with the EU, there will be no tariffs on imports and exports. However, customs and other duties are now payable for some goods. On the other hand, we still do not know whether the EU will accept our GDPR data privacy regulations.
Where to find information
Now the transition period has ended, the government has updated its information on importing and exporting goods to the EU/EEA.
A Summary Explainer, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (including Annexes and Protocols), Declarations, Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, the Agreement on Security Procedures for Exchanging and Protecting Classified Information and more can be found here
Information on exporting into the EU can be found on this European Commission page.
Changes in VAT are explained here.
Detailed information on exporting into the EU is found at the European Commission Trade Helpdesk.
Information on the future of GPDR can be found on the ICO website. For the time being, existing GDPR rules will continue to apply while the EU is considering an adequacy ruling. If no adequacy ruling should be issued, companies should sign Standard Contractual Clauses with their EU partners. Some companies should also appoint an EU Representative who can guarantee their GPDR compliance with the EU authorities.
The provision of Services and Business Travel are also affected by the changes. Country-specific information can be found on the gov.uk website.
Regulations on the recognition of professional qualifications are explained here.
There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January and the government has set up a helpline. Helplines are available for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For assistance in England, call 0800 998 1098
Businesses in Scotland, call 0300 303 0660
Enterprises in Wales, call 0300 060 3000
Companies in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422.
For more information, including opening hours, click here.
How Iolante can help
If you are new to red tape surround import and export, Iolante can assist you with English and German translations of documents concerning:
- Export duty
- VAT declarations
- Rules of origin
- Customs declarations
- Entry summary declarations (ENS)
- Exit summary declarations (EXS)
- Intrastat declarations
- Vehicle operator licenses
- EU Community Licences
- ECMT international road haulage permits
- ECMT international removal permits
- Bilateral road haulage permits for some non-EU countries
- Own account traffic
- Cabotage and cross-trade
- Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card
- Export licenses
- Road consignment notes (‘CMR note’)
- Movement Reference Numbers (MRN) from the export declaration – required for moving goods out of the EU
- Local Reference Numbers (LRN) – for moving goods under the Common Transit convention (CTC)
- ATA Carnet documents – for moving goods out of the EU temporarily
- TiR Carnet documents – for moving goods in a sealed load compartment with a seal number
- Documents about the vehicle
- Vehicle security checklists and instructions
- Other documents including tachograph records and insurance documents
- Trailer registration certificates
- Insurance documents
- Correspondence with transporters or customs agents in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- Customs paperwork
- Citizenship applications
- Applications for Settled Status and Pre-Settled Status
Summarized translations and email and phone support
If you are drowning in paperwork and don’t know which of it applies to your business, contact me for a quick summary and general information on your foreign-language documents. That way, you can make a more targeted decisions on which ones to have fully translated.
Sometimes it’s easier to sort out queries or problems with a quick email or phone call. If your import export problem is turning your hair grey overnight, contact me and I’ll help you to sort out your questions quickly and directly with the other party.