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Exports: Overview in the Event of a No-Deal Brexit

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This information is also available as a pdf download. Please see the full list of pdf documents available at the end of this page.

As a company ChannelPorts have been involved in many meetings with various Government departments giving our input in to trying to shape the way in which the changes of BREXIT could impact on us all. You will find enclosed specific links and attachments that have been published to help guide companies should a no deal scenario happen. Below is our interpretation of certain areas that as a company we feel needs bringing to your attention.

We know you are looking for an indication of costs from ourselves but currently the information released by the UK Government does not give us sufficient details to do this.

We cannot cover all scenarios or business sectors so you will need to ensure for your particular business all of the information being published by Government departments is taken into account when planning for a no deal BREXIT. Steps will need to be taken to evaluate and put in place procedures to ensure that your company meets the potential new requirements.

You will also need to ensure your partners are fully keeping you updated on any changes you will need to make with regard to the changes needed for the EU authorities.

Whilst we do our utmost to keep you abreast of any changes it is important you keep yourself updated from the government website.

There is a specific pack; the link below will take you to the pack.

If you have not already registered to receive updates from the UK Government use the link below –

Also enclosed is the latest “Walk-through of end to end roll on roll off process for goods entering or leaving the UK that has been provided by Government as a simple guide.

Sections in yellow refer you to the section within the BREXIT pack from Government which gives you more detailed information.

Δ Within the HMRC Partnership Pack we have added additional sections published by Customs dealing with specific industry sectors for your information.

The link below is to an article published in Lloyds Loading List and is a titled “Eurotunnel Ready for 29th March”

Whilst this is an article highlighting the changes Eurotunnel are having to put in place the areas they are having to address equally apply to Dover and the vast majority of other RoRo ports. We highly recommend you read this to give you an understanding of the impact BREXIT is having on the companies within this sector.

ΔAuthorisation to clear

ChannelPorts will only act as a Direct Representative when completing any documents, either on behalf a forwarder, Transport Company, importer or exporter.

To ensure we are fully compliant with customs regulations at the end of this pack is a declaration we will require completed and returned by all customers prior to commencement of any new business.

Due to the changes in the relationship between the UK and the EU if you are an EU registered company then this will need to be completed by the UK importer or exporter. This will also apply for all current 3rd country business. We would suggest you start requesting these from your current customers.

Does the exporter have a valid EORI number?

All companies will need to be EORI registered in the UK to export goods, even to the EU27. If you or your customer are only currently exporting to the EU the chances are you not registered for EORI.

Not sure if you or your customer is EORI registered then you can check at

Not registered then apply at

Preparing for a no deal guide to exporting –

Classification of Goods – Commodity codes or tariff headings

It is the importer and exporter’s legal responsibility to provide the correct information to the Custom Broker completing the declaration.

This information should be quoted exporters or importers invoices.

The link below gives information on how to classify your goods.

ΔPre departure – submission combined Export / Safety & Security Declaration

Currently we are waiting the final guidance for pre departure of goods via a RoRo port. We envisage the system working as follows.

  • Submit to Customs a combined export entry and security declaration
  • Eventually supporting documents will need to be uploaded to Customs, such as invoices, licences and any other relevant documents.
  • Customs will either give permission for the goods to be exported (P2P) or the goods will need to be taken to a Designated Export Point (DEP) such ChannelPorts.
  • On the basis goods have been given permission to progress (P2P) then the haulier is then free to collect the goods for dispatch.

It is expected that part of the information required when completing the declaration will be the vehicle or trailer number the goods are actually loaded to at the time of departure from the UK. This may result in the vehicle number having to be changed if it changes prior to the goods reaching the RoRo port of departure.

Certain goods which are classed as High risk goods will need to have additional checks / processing at the border prior to departure. Currently information on exactly how this will work is yet to be released.

Whilst this gives an indication of the current UK requirements it does not address the potential needs of the EU. The EU may well need additional information, such as Safety & Security Declarations which your partners should be able to advise you on.

Walk-through of end to end roll on roll off process for goods entering or leaving the UK

Whilst the previous sections dealt with the Export or statistical part of the declaration and once approved for export by UK authorities will get the goods as far as the first port of entry in to the EU such as Calais based on today’s EU 3rd legislation. You can consider using a Community Transit (T-form, NCTS, T1, T2) document to enable the goods to clear in the EU27 country of destination, for instance if you are taking goods to your partners in Koln.

Currently an NCTS document needs to be released by HMRC / UKBF Officer. There are some locations such as ChannelPorts where a Transit document can be issued through an Authorised Consignor scheme. This scheme is available to anyone with a transit guarantee and the link at the bottom of the page will give more information on how to apply for your own Community Transit guarantee and Authorised Consignor status.

To raise a Transit document a guarantee is required.

ChannelPorts have all the necessary approvals at Folkestone Services but we are unable to cover all of the potential liabilities in the event of a no deal scenario and we would recommend you apply for your own Transit guarantee.

ChannelPorts would then be able to use your guarantee to raise the Transit on your behalf.

Details of how to apply of a Transit guarantee –

Exporting live animals, products of animal origin and high risk food and feed to the EU

In the event of a no deal scenario the UK will be classed as a third country by the EU from day 1. The link at the end of this section will take you to the current notice issued by the government giving additional information.

We would recommend that in addition to ensuring full compliance with the information contained you liaise with your partners in Europe to ensure all goods exported have the necessary certification and labeling.

Given that the UK will be a third country your goods will most probably require additional checks on entry to the EU, for instance in Calais.

We are aware the French government already have well developed plans in place to build a Border Inspection Post (BIP) in Calais to handle the necessary additional checks required by the EU and also at other short sea RoRo ports.

For those goods subject to these checks on entry to the EU it is vital they are done at the time of arrival in the EU with the necessary certification accompanying the goods from the port. It is our understanding any goods that pass the first entry point into the EU that do not have the correct documentation will not be permitted to be imported into the EU leading to the goods being either destroyed or rejected.

Not only will the actual goods require additional documentation any hauliers will need to ensure the necessary certification / permits are in place.

This link will also give further advice on exporting to the rest of the world.

Traders exporting live animals, animal products and high risk food –

Exporting plants and plant products to the EU

In a no deal scenario the UK will become a third country, meaning that all goods exported will need to meet all of the controls put in place by the EU.

Depending on the product it will also mean additional checks at the first point of entry in to the EU, for example Calais.

Any company’s export these products will need to ensure that they have in place before the goods are shipped all of the necessary documentation / certification. This may even include certificates of analysis by an approved laboratory.

In additional be aware of any controls that are required on entry in to the EU and what if any certificates will need to be issued at the border.

Certain types of goods could possibly need to have samples taken and sent to a laboratory to be analysed before the goods are permitted to enter the EU.

Timber is also included in this section and additional information can be found in Businesses buying and selling timber of timber products in the EU –

Traders exporting plants and plant products to the EU –

Downloadable Files with Further Information

Below you will find links to pdf documents that contain more information. If you need to rotate the page view in your pdf reader use the pdf reader’s menu and select View> Rotate View.

  1. Partnership pack intro
  2. What to expect Day 1
  3. Exporting to the EU
  4. Exporting EU & the rest of the world
  5. The rest of the world
  6. Live animals & high risk food & feed
  7. Horses & equines
  8. Endangered Species
  9. Plants & plant products
  10. Timber products
  11. Food & drink
  12. Controlled goods
  13. Civil explosives
  14. Medicines & medical devices
  15. Organs & tissues
  16. Drug precursor chemicals
  17. Chemicals
  18. Fluorinated gases & Ozone
  19. Waste
  20. Haulage companies
  21. Ferry & Channel tunnel operators
  22. Freight forwarders
  23. Customs agents
  24. Ports & airports
  25. Customs warehouses
  26. Temporary storage
  27. Summary
  28. Preparing for a No-Deal Brexit. Step-by-step guide to exporting
  29. Exports: Channel Ports Overview in the Event of a No-Deal Brexit

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