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From 1 January 2021, full import controls and subsequently full customs declarations will be required on all goods crossing the borders between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Norway is not an EU member, and full declaration is already mandatory between UK and Norway. To avoid any unnecessary delays, disruptions at the border, or hampered deliveries, Kuehne+Nagel has created a unique, automated and digital data processing solution to make customs clearance a seamless experience for you.​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​UK and EU customs requirements will become mandatory

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. Regardless of the outcome of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations between UK and EU, customs procedures will become compulsory when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, possibly creating an environment which is five times the current demand in formalities.

To simplify customs procedure for shipments from the EU, the UK government has introduced a “staged approach” for imports into the UK. UK importers will have the opportunity to enter non-controlled goods under the so-called Customs Freight Simplified Procedure (CFSP), which offsets the need for a full frontier declaration until 30 June 2021. Also, traders will be able to utilize the postponed VAT mechanism, where import VAT only has to be accounted for, but not paid at the time of the entry into the UK. However, the “staged approach” is not applicable for shipments from Norway to the UK. Exports from Norway to the UK will still need a full import declaration as required today. 

This imminent situation requires proper preparation to avoid goods from being delayed.​​​​

​​​​​Make customs clearance a seamless experience

​​​Customs can be challenging – and we understand that. To ease the pain of data collection and to help you move your goods smoothly, we have developed an easy and automated solution. It digitally processes export data from the exporter, collects import data from the importer, and merges them to create an export and import declaration complying with both, UK and Norwegian requirements.

Simple and straightforward, so you can focus on your business.

Our easy customs solution takes care of additional requirements, such as the security documents that will be required in the future for every shipment.

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We manage your UK customs declarations after Brexit. Here is what we need from you:

To authorise Kuehne+Nagel to act as your direct representative for the completion of customs declarations, also referred to as Letter of Empowerment (only needs to be completed once)

The Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number is a prerequisite for customs clearance of goods in the European Union and the UK. If the Norwegian exporter of record is not in possession of a EORI number, which is the case for the vast majority of Norwegian companies, please state your Norwegian VAT number.

Included on the commercial invoice

Worldwide uniform classification code of the goods

Concise description of the goods

Value of goods and currency to calculate the customs duties and value added tax

Agreed Incoterms with your business partners, as they define who is responsible for the customs clearance and associated costs

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