Monday, July 5, 2021

With More Brexit Procedural Changes Looming it is Time to Study the Regulations

Webinar This Week plus DfT Consultation as Vans Get Caught Up in EU Red Tape
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UK – For many in the world of logistics the spectre of Brexit still stalks the corridors of trade, and with more changes looming it may be time to consider the next phased alterations to import procedures. To ameliorate the situation, this week comes a summary of approaching procedural refinements in the form of an online event from the Road Haulage Association (RHA) plus a chance to tell your views to the government.

John Lucy – RHA Head of International Transport is to talk on Wednesday July 7 between 14:00 and 15:00 British Summer Time (13:00 – 14:00 GMT) covering such as the end to deferred import declarations from this month, new pre declaration requirements for food products, plus safety and security and the GVMS pre-lodgement required as from New Year’s Day 2022.

Under pre-lodgement traders will be required to submit a customs declaration in advance of goods boarding on the EU side. In this model, the carrier (ferry, train or plane operator) will be required to make sure a declaration has been pre-lodged before the goods board at the EU point of departure.

HMRC says it will then risk assess declarations during the crossing and, so it says, a message will be issued by the time goods arrive at the border informing the person in control of the goods (such as hauliers) if the goods have been cleared.

The RHA says that those businesses which prepared earliest for the 2021 phase 1 Brexit changes are performing better and are more confident about their future trade with the EU, and this webinar will highlight the next tranche of procedures and paperwork that will be required for EU to UK freight imports.

Registration for the event can be made HERE.

Whilst on the subject of changes the Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking the views of UK hauliers regarding changes being made and adopted as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. These changes, already planned for Europe, will allow British truck owners to continue operating goods vehicles between the UK and EU.

Now even light good vehicles, such as vans, on certain loaded international journeys will be caught up in the red tape of the EU’s Internal Market Information System. This requires operators to submit details of the operator, driver, job, route taken, and vehicle used for every trip abroad.

As from May 2022 anyone operating a vehicle between 2.5 and up to 3.5 tonnes must hold a Standard International Operator Licence, meaning employing a qualified transport manager, submitting financial and operating centre details and coughing up £658 for the privilege. All the other standard requirements for an HGV licence will also apply.

The DfT says it is open to comment up to 24 August and you can express your views via this link to the government consultation. Whether of course anyone will take any notice is a very different matter as plans seem to be firmly in place and, once again, the UK will presumably need to toe the EU line to gain access.