Don’t let your business fall victim to customs delays from New Year’s Day

Don’t let your business fall victim to customs delays from New Year’s Day

December 15, 2021

With the expiry of customs declaration delays approaching sooner than forgotten New Year’s resolutions, businesses need to make sure they are prepared for 2022. Here, Director at Morrison Freight, Darren Ryan, explains how companies can ensure a smooth start to importing in the New Year.

Throughout 2021, businesses importing goods from the EU into the UK have been able to submit customs declarations 175 days late. It was thanks to HMRC’s Brexit transitional measures due to expire on 30th June 2021. However, the measures were later extended to New Year’s Eve.

The delays have been a big help for businesses. However, all things come to an end. And these happen to be ending very soon.

From New Year’s Day, anything coming into the UK from the EU will need a full declaration. That applies to everything coming via lorry, ship, plane or even Santa’s sleigh (if he’s really late for the big day). Not only that, but any duty and import VAT will need to be on arrival, too. If goods turn up without the required paperwork or payments made, they won’t be allowed into the country.

So, if businesses haven’t begun preparing yet, they need to start now. Start putting the relevant procedures in place and, if you don’t have an in-house team, get a customs broker.

That’s where Morrison Freight comes in.

Our in-house Customs Clearance Service will ensure the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. In other words, your goods will enter the country hassle-free.

Morrison Freight’s dedicated team will streamline the customs declaration process. So, goods will be delivered safely and timely, providing the required documents are in place. Additionally, we are more than happy to provide assistance and advice on making tax payments to HMRC.

You can find out more about our Customs Clearance Service and everything else we have to offer on our services page.