Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Channel Tunnel Firm Opens Web Portal Customs Alternative

Clearances Possible Away from Borders
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – UK – In the battle to speed up Customs clearances, often delayed by post Brexit problems, Eurotunnel has partnered with inspection, controls, and certification group SGS, to offer customers a web-portal Customs transit solution for those who wish to move their goods under Common Transit Customs procedures and carry out their Customs clearance operations away from the borders.

The SGS TransitNet solution allows shippers and carriers to issue a transit declaration via a web interface on all European customs platforms. SGS TransitNet is multilingual, secure and the service is available 24/7. Customs clearance operations can be carried out at a customs office closer to the goods’ destination: Paris, London, or Birmingham, instead of Dover or Calais.

By moving away from border points where flows are concentrated, there is a reduction in customs clearance and control times and SGS TransitNet is aimed at the 180,000 companies in Great Britain who import and export with European countries, representing nearly 150 million customs declarations. Christian Dufermont, Freight Commercial Director, said:

“This web-based transit solution is another offer to our customers in clearing their goods and to ensure them efficient passage at the border for customs clearance operations and controls.”

Products with a high commercial value (luxury goods, wines, spirits, etc.) which are subject to a higher customs guarantee, are also covered by SGS TransitNet which includes in its customer offer a customs guarantee (€50 milion for France). Mary Senigou, SGS France, added:

“We created this solution to facilitate the flow of goods for importers and exporters located in the United Kingdom. We are delighted that it is being rolled out to Eurotunnel customers. We hope that this will save them precious time and help them to avoid completing complex, time-consuming and expensive customs formalities.”