We have found the secret to achieving frictionless trade, where your EU clients are not involved in the customs process and UK businesses keep full control on their supply chain and delivery times.
Unsworth work as the freight forwarders and customs agents in the UK, who review operations and work as direct customs representation, to drive this process and remove the challenge around documentation and compliance.
We work closely with our partners in France to review processes, finding methods that reduce costs and providing personal consultations and monthly webinar sessions to ensure our clients have the tools and knowledge needed to achieve frictionless trade between their customers.
We support over 40% of the UK’s Product of Animal Origin Exports and we can confidently say that we have reengineered our clients supply chains within the EU to continue trading like before.
Our successful solution includes removing the use of T1 documentation, saving valuable time and providing a process that enables goods to move in free circulation where possible.
Establish early on who is responsible for what and who is paying for the cost of the new border. The best way to do this is to make it as simple as possible and build these costs into your product fee so there are no surprises to your customer.
We are a broker who doesn’t simply treat you like a transactional relationship. If you are just starting out, ensure you understand the Incoterms and if you’re a more experienced exporter, we highly recommend registering for VAT in France and selling as intracommunity, just like before.
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Task Manager allows you to complete haulier registration and upload commercial documents.
Move shipments into priority lists, save your documents as draft or simply send to Broker.
As the UK’s closest neighbour, the Northern France region has become an effective gateway and can provide rapid, efficient and realistic solutions to UK businesses who wish to continue accessing EU markets at acceptable costs.
We connect our clients with RM Boulanger, our fiscal representatives and tax agents who set up Regime 42. We have built a long-term solution, which involves registering clients for a VAT number in the EU, so they can perform any kind of operation and use all EU VAT simplification rules.
We also work with U Customs who act as the UK-side coordinator, creating a middle person to ensure everything runs smoothly and take the strain off our customers, who were having to directly contact French teams and finding difficulties in that process.
Before anything, ensure you check duties, rules and restrictions for your goods in the destination country. You will then need to apply for any licenses required to export your goods. There are different rules and licenses for animal products, plant products, medical products and so on, so make sure you have thoroughly checked what is needed. You will then need an EORI number that starts with GB to export goods from England, Wales or Scotland. Then check that the person receiving them can import them (import declarations or licenses may be required). You then need to decide who will make the export declarations and transport goods for you. Find a customs broker here or read about our road transport services here. Finally, classify your goods, prepare invoices and documentation and get your goods through customs.
Customs clearance can be a fairly quick process when done correctly. The UK Customs clearance process can simply take a few minutes up to a few hours depending on the goods. However, if there is something wrong with the export declarations, key information is missing, or your goods need to be inspected, it can sometimes take a couple of weeks.
If you are serious about keeping your shipments moving efficiently, then a customs broker is for you. There's no need to invest extra time, resource and energy into training you or your staff, as we have the expertise to manage these processes with ease. If you want to find out how to get a customs broker, click here.
The main advantage is peace of mind; we will ensure your shipments are moving in line with current laws and eliminate the risk of being slapped with a costly fine later down the line. No time is wasted trying to learn new processes and communication is streamlined, as we speak to several government agencies ourselves. We know your time is worth money, so we reduce delays to ensure you keep your business moving, allowing you to focus on other important things. And with our digital platform, you can keep on top of it all with a simple click of a button.