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Talks Break Down Over Customs Union

According to latest news, the cross party Brexit talks between the Conservative and Labour parties have failed to find a compromise and are now set to end without an agreement in place.Leaving the EU with a Customs Union agreement seems to have been central to the...

What Is The Customs Union?

According to recent reports, cross party talks are progressing as a means of resolving the Brexit issue, which suggests we may be moving towards a scenario where the UK remains in the Customs Union.While it has been suggested that a high number of Tory MP's won't vote...

Customs Union Likely According To Minister

A government minister has recently recognised that a customs union with the EU is the most likely outcome of talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.The solicitor general Robert Buckland, risked causing further tensions in the Conservative Party, by insisting his...

HMRC Update Simplified Customs Procedures

HMRC have now announced further details of the simplified customs procedures that will be effective should the UK leave the EU without a deal.The Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which were originally announced early in February, should make the customs...

Rotterdam Prepare Despite Extension

Despite yesterday’s news that Prime Minister May has agreed two options to extend the Brexit deadline, the Port of Rotterdam is still preparing for the UK to leave on March 29th.Mark Dijk, the manager of Europe’s largest port, reportedly told BBC news that while he...

Tariff Announced For No Deal

Following yesterday’s vote to reject Prime Minister May’s Brexit proposal, the government has confirmed that most imports into the UK will not be subject to a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.It was confirmed that a temporary scheme would mean that around  87%...

Businesses Fail To Plan For Brexit

According to government research, four in ten small and medium-sized businesses that trade internationally have no intention of making contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit.HM Revenue & Customs recently published a survey that suggested about 40% of the companies...

Government Outlines UK Swiss Trade Deal

The Department of International Trade have published details of the trade agreement between the UK and Switzerland, which will become applicable should there be a no deal Brexit.The "continuity agreement" - based on the EU's existing free trade deal with Switzerland -...

MPs Visit Customs Agencies At Dover

As the deadline for Brexit approaches, two MPs met with key customs agencies at Dover last week, to discuss important issues in the event of a no deal, with Customs Insights Managing Director – Terry Clear in attendance.MPs Owen Paterson, Member of Parliament for...

Concerns as Brexit Clock Counts Down

Last week, we confirmed that new simplified customs procedures are being introduced at roro ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The announcement from HM Customs has been widely debated, with leading industry trade organisations already weighing in with concerns...

Simplified Import Procedures For Brexit

On the 29th March 2019, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, large numbers of UK businesses have been expected to work apply the same procedures to EU shipments that exist when trading with the rest of the world.At the present time, under import processes for...

Test Plans For No Deal Brexit

The Department for Transport held a recent exercise to test plans for border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit, however it has been described as "too little too late" by hauliers.The disused Manston Airport in Kent was used as the location for the exercise,...

Managing A No Deal Brexit

UK members of parliament will be voting on the government's Brexit plan for a deal with the EU next week, and it is widely predicted that they will vote against Theresa May.A 'no' majority will surely move us further towards the chance of a 'no deal' or 'hard' Brexit,...

Common Transit Convention After Brexit

After Brexit, the UK will continue to remain in the Common Transit Convention (CTC), ensuring simplified cross-border trade for UK businesses exporting their goods.The UK leaves the EU in March 2019, and negotiating a deal regarding its membership has been a high...

Brexit Event Video Released

The Supply Chain Academy, along with group partner Customs Insights, collaborated to deliver their most recent thought leadership event earlier this month, which covered the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far – Brexit.We have now published a...

Brexit Unwrapped At The Academy

Customs Insights and group partner the Supply Chain Academy - collaborated to deliver their most recent thought leadership event last week, which covered the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far – Brexit. The dinner event, held at our Upminster...

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Customs Union and Single Market Explained

With the EU agreeing Theresa May's Brexit deal and Cabinet members and MPs rebelling against the 'soft' withdrawal agreement. The words 'single customs union' and 'single market' have come into the conversation again.Below we explain the differences between the...

Brexit Draft Deal In Short

Chaos, resignations & votes of no confidence all seem to be a part of British politics since the Brexit vote back in 2016. So, after another day of the same, what is the Brexit draft deal about. We understand the following: TransitionBritain exits the EU on...

Northern Ireland Brexit Warning

The Northern Ireland Audit Office has recently stated the country is not well prepared for a no-deal Brexit in areas such as trade and customs. With uncertainty surrounding the border and the repatriation of powers from Brussels, the Audit Office said planning is...

HMRC Capable of Handling Post-Brexit Declarations

According to the Loadstar, a wait in the UK’s new Customs Declaration System (CDS) is not likely to cause a disruption in the country’s supply chains, but there is a concern on how post-Brexit operation of UK ro-ro ports are to be handled. Doubts have been growing...

Brexit Could Cause M26 Closures

lf Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the M26 motorway located in the South East of England, will be closed every night for almost six weeks to create an area that allows lorries to queue in the event of customs delays. As the deadline for Brexit approaches,...

UK Lining Up New Trade Deals

Recent reports in the national press have suggested that a trade deal with Chile is expected to be signed within a few months, with the government already speaking to a further 30 countries regarding post EU relationships. The new agreement which is being dubbed by...

Customs Insights Launch Brexit Event

Customs Insights have just confirmed a thought leadership event – which will be taking place in conjunction with sister company the Supply Chain Academy – and will be covering the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far – Brexit. The dinner event is...

China Reply To US New Tariffs

This week America imposed new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, reigniting a trade war between the two nations, which has resulted in China announcing $60 billion worth of tariffs on US products today. The US tariffs confirmed on Monday were the...

Deadline For Brexit Deal Moves

Reports today are suggesting that the deadline for agreeing the UK's divorce from the EU has unofficially been moved from October to the middle of November. It is believed that the longer time frame has been agreed as little headway is being made with a mutually...

Gov Advice on No Deal Brexit

The Government have today released a page on their website entitled "How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal".  After International Trade Secretary - Liam Fox - suggested we are 60/40 against the chance of a deal recently, this could become quite useful...

CDS Launch Under Way

HMRC has confirmed that they have successfully implemented the first software release for the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS). The Customs Declaration Service is expected to deliver a modern system for importers and exporters who have to complete customs...

EORI – Be Ready For Brexit

Last week the UK’s international trade secretary – Liam Fox – suggested the odds were 60/40 against a trade agreement being in place with the EU, therefore a ‘hard Brexit’ currently seems most likely. One of the consequences of a hard Brexit will be full Customs...

New Industry Website Launches

Customs Insights group partners - CP Training Services - have just launched their new look training website, which provides an exciting range of supply chain training courses designed for managers and aspiring managers. CP Training Services have been the go-to supply...

No-Deal Brexit Risks Lorry Park

A recent report suggests that a “temporary solution” to handling cross-channel traffic, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, risks turning much of the M20 into a giant lorry park over the coming years. A recent assessment suggested that a 13-mile stretch of the...

Customs Declaration Service

Since 1994 the system employed by HMRC to process import and export declarations has been CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight). In the coming months, this system is being replaced by the HMRC Customs Declaration Service (CDS), although there will be...

Last Call for EU Customs Deal?

We recently mentioned that UK government were drawing up a third plan for post Brexit customs, which they duly confirmed after meeting at Chequers last week. According to various reports this week, the EU’s initial response to the ‘chequers agreement’ has been a...

Third Brexit Customs Model Devised

After two previous proposals have divided opinion, a new plan for post-Brexit customs has been drawn up to present to ministers Friday, according to the BBC news website. The plan is reported to be a ‘significant step forward’ and will offer ‘the best of both worlds’...

EU & US Retaliate on Duty Tariffs

The EU and the US appear to be in the middle of a trade spat after both parties have been retaliating to duty increases from the other. Last week the EU launched counter tariffs against US Exports after US President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and...

New Customs System Brexit Ready?

HMRC's CHIEF computer entry system has served the country well since its introduction in 1994, but is due to be replaced by its upgraded counterpart shortly - the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). The CDS system is being phased in from August, with CHIEF being fully...

EU Vat & Duty Calculations

Customs Insights have recently produced an online duty and VAT calculator. This new tool delivers a quick indication of how the UK exit from the customs union could impact the cost of your products and your cash-flow. Last month we reported on a survey that suggested...

New Facts About Customs Checks

HM Customs last week launched a new factsheet to support their customs compliance checks, which is a good guide for importers and exporters of the process. Customs carry out checks into returns or other documents to make sure that businesses pay the right amount of...

Brexit – Is UK Business Prepared?

Recent reports in the Lloyds Loading List, suggest that more than a third (36%) of UK traders are not yet preparing for post Brexit customs procedures, even though most rely heavily on just-in-time delivery of their import and export products. The survey, of over 800...

Government’s Customs Union Stance

Ahead of a symbolic vote, the UK government has this week reiterated its commitment to leaving the EU's customs union, after last week suffering defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill. Prime Minister May, whilst on a visit to the West Midlands, said leaving the customs...

Global Shipping Make Climate Deal

The global shipping industry made a historic decision recently, as they agreed to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases, after holding talks in London at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The deal will reduce emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2008...

Ferries May Bypass UK Post Brexit

Recent new route announcements are indicating that EU ferry operators may be getting prepared to bypass the UK post Brexit. This development comes amid concerns over expected tailbacks at British ports due to increased checks at customs and immigration. 'The Express'...

AEO Discussion on Podcast

Customs Insights Managing Director - Terry Clear - was invited to join the Supply Chain Academy's popular series of podcasts, where they are regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders. Terry joined host Alex Mortimer - Supply Chain...

Global Trade Webinars Announced

Customs Insights, the Supply Chain Academy, the  Institute of Export & International Trade and the North London Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise today announce a new collaboration, to provide industry with webinars on Global Trade best practice. Working in...

Social Media & The Group

As some of you will be aware, we have recently stepped up our efforts to ensure industry, company and global news is circulated regularly through our social media channels. Social media provides the opportunity for sharing more content easily and also offers a more...

AEO – What is it?

There is a popular acceptance that being AEO certified is a good thing, but not everybody understands exactly what AEO is.... The AEO concept is based on the Customs-to-Business partnership introduced by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Traders who voluntarily...

Brexit May Mean VAT Upfront

Tens of thousands of UK businesses could be forced to pay VAT upfront post Brexit, on goods imported from Europe, in controversial new legislation being considered by MP's on Monday. The chair of the Treasury select committee has urged MP's to investigate the matter...

EGDC Website Relaunched

A new year and an updated website has been launched by our Singapore based group members – Uniserve EGDC. Uniserve EGDC (Express Global Distribution Centre) was established in 2013 to facilitate our Group’s natural organic growth and directly support our customers to...

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