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Import goods EU to the UK

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.

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Understanding the new Border Operating Model for 2022

New Import Requirements from 1 January 2022

There have been certain EU to GB Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import controls will begin from 1 July 2022, we want to remind you of the requirements that will still come into force from 1 January 2022.

Whilst certification, documentary, ID and physical checks, by commodity groups for products of animal origin, animal by-products, plant and plant products, will be introduced in three phases between July and November 2022, the requirement for pre-notifying consignments starts on 1 January 2022.

From 1 January 2022, businesses importing products of animal origin, animal by-products and high-risk foods not of animal origin (HRFNAO) must pre-notify consignments at least four hours in advance of arriving into Great Britain. The pre-notification must be made via the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).

To help you get ready for these requirements we have incorporated key information you need through webinars and Q&A sessions.  

Our top tips to achieving frictionless trade

redefine processes

Ensure clarity on paperwork

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.

collaborate effectively

A broker who protects your interests

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.

Collaborate effectively
Redefine processes
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Customs Visbility Platform

We developed team developed the Customs Visibility Platform to enable our clients to manage their documentation in one place, prioritise urgent shipments with ease and bring stakeholders together to collaborate more effectively. Digitising movements allows for full control, helping to eliminate efficiencies in an already complex process. It is available to all of our clients at no extra cost.
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Manage Customs Declarations in one place.

Keep up to date on all of your key documentation with the click of a button.

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Simplified and streamlined processes.

Task Manager allows you to complete haulier registration and upload commercial documents​.

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Prioritise urgent shipments with ease.

Move shipments into priority lists, save your documents as draft or simply send to Broker.​

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Import Preparations

In order to fulfil the import process, all traders will need to ensure they have:

  • A GB Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
  • The Commodity Code of their goods – needed to make a customs declaration and calculate duties on an import.
  • The customs value of goods – needed to make a customs declaration and calculate duties on an import. The rules for valuation are based on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) valuation agreement.
  • Considered whether they are able to, and would benefit from, using any available customs simplifications or facilitations. More information is available here.
  • Considered how they will make customs declarations to HMRC systems, and whether they will use an intermediary. ‍
Read the full highlights on the Border Operating Model

Importing from EU to UK - FAQ's

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