03. agosto 2020

Brexit - Changes as of 01.01.2021

Great Britain left the EU on 31.01.2020. However, for a transitional period until 31.01.12.2020, the country will remain part of the EU internal market and the EU customs union, so that in practice nothing will change in trade between the EU and Great Britain: No customs declarations have to be made and there are no customs controls. However, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, this situation will change from 1 January 2021.

In the case of a "hard" brexit, the UK will become a Third Country under the rules of the World Trade Organisation WTO. In any case, Great Britain's present 3-step plan is applicable: For imports into the UK, advance notifications are not required for the first 6 months and the complete import declaration can be submitted up to 6 months later. Any customs duties incurred are deferred until the import declaration has been submitted in full. Goods subject to authorisation or monitoring, such as tobacco, alcohol and toxic chemicals, may only enter the country with a complete import declaration - for these products the rules for imports from third countries apply from 1.1.2021. Health certificates and advance notifications are required for live animals, plants and plant products with a high risk.

Exports from the UK for delivery to the EU are subject to the rules of third countries from 1.1.2021. Companies wishing to trade with companies in the UK will need an EU EORI number. Previous EORI numbers assigned in GB will lose their validity as of 1.1.2021. If you require further information, please contact us at info@kopf-luebben.com.