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Get your customs paperwork in order before you travel, Logistics UK urges members


Logistics UK has urged members returning to the UK from the EU to ensure they have the right paperwork before they travel, following changes to customs arrangements in the New Year.

On 1 January 2022, a new stage of the UK import timetable came into force with full customs requirements on EU to GB inbound trade as well as a pre-notification requirement for imports of goods subject to sanitary and phytosanitary formalities.

From the beginning of January, transport operators moving goods between Great Britain (GB) and the EU through a Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) border location must be registered to use this service. Moving goods from the island of Ireland to GB will continue under the existing customs arrangements, while discussions on the Northern Ireland Protocol are ongoing.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is aware of some common user errors when operators are creating Goods Movement References (GMRs) into GVMS, ranging from entering trailer references instead of Vehicle Registration Numbers (VRNs) to not entering the correct type of declaration reference relevant to the movement.

Sarah Laouadi, Head of International Policy, Logistics UK, said: “Following recent changes in customs arrangements, it is imperative that all hauliers moving goods from the European Union to Great Britain are scrupulous in checking that their paperwork is in order before travelling. While HMRC is continuing to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure they understand the new obligations and processes, if your drivers do not have the right paperwork, they will be unable to board the vessel.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/brexit

Published On: 20/01/2022 16:00:19

 

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