We would like to outline the requirements to facilitate a smooth export and/or import of your shipments in and out of Europe, in the instance that the UK departs the European Union (EU) on March 29th.

A point that is important to consider and which we would like to outline is the potential pressure on our clients, on freight forwarders and customs brokers should the UK leave the EU without a deal in place.

Goods currently flow relatively freely between the UK and the EU. If the UK leaves the EU, on 29th March 2019, there will be an additional level of complexity and administration.

Downloadable below are two booking forms (imports exports), these indicate the data that we require, to perform export and import Custom entries on your behalf. Given the amount of potential extra work involved post 29th March, we are asking our clients to provide all this information when sending booking details, which we hope also provides some focus on what, you, our client, will have to prepare to satisfy UK and EU authorities, post a hard BREXIT.

As your forwarding agent, we also require the following information within the booking email:

  • Copy of commercial invoice for imports and exports (at this stage Pro-Forma invoices will not be accepted).
  • Master Reference Number (MRN) if you are arranging your own import/export entry but using our consolidation or full load services.
  • Confirmation of UK Customs agent if not using our services.
  • Details of Deferment account, for the payment of import taxes, if applicable and if not instructing us to perform this service which we can offer at a small fee.
  • If you wish us to arrange Import Customs clearances using your own Duty Deferment account, you will need to provide written authorisation by entering your Deferment Approval number on the “Authority for a Customs Clearance Agent to act as a Direct representative” form.
  • Customs Procedure Codes (CPC).
  • Complete (once only) the Authority for a Customs Clearance Agent to act as a Direct
  • Representative. The document must be returned on your letter headed paper, as our customer and principle. Click here to download the document

EORI numbers

An active EORI number (Economic Registration and Identification) is needed for customs clearance for all imports and exports. If you do not currently have an EORI you will need to apply now. It is free to apply and takes only a few minutes to complete the application here: www.gov.uk/eori

Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP)

If you import goods from EU to the UK, you can register for Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP).

Businesses can register for TSP if they:

  • have an EORI number
  • are established in the UK
  • are importing goods from the EU into the UK
  • To register, click here

Our advice – over prepare

Whilst we believe that the processes may be relaxed even following a hard BREXIT, we are recommending to our customers to follow these instructions to be overly prepared and to provide us with every piece of information to facilitate the processing of your shipments with the minimal of delay.

Over the next few weeks and months Anglia Forwarding will be updating our clients and partners on the shape of the UK Customs landscape post BREXIT, but as you may already be aware, matters have still not been finalised with the EU and there is still a long way to go. The UK has until 30 March 2019 to complete BREXIT, albeit there may be a further transition period following this date. From the industry press releases we are currently receiving, it is suggest that the UK should be preparing for a ‘Hard BREXIT’.

So, what is Hard BREXIT?

A hard BREXIT arrangement could see the UK give up full access to the single market and full access of the customs union along with the EU. The arrangement would prioritise giving Britain full control over its borders, making new trade deals and applying laws within its own territory. Initially, this would likely mean the UK falling back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules for trade with its former partners, both inside and out of the EU.

On 23rd August, 2018, the Government issued a series of notices aimed at preparing businesses in the event of a ‘No Deal’ scenario. Under the heading of ‘Exporting and Importing’, the Government states that businesses should consider “whether they should engage the services of a customs broker, freight forwarder or logistics provider to help.” As an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), Anglia Forwarding are already best placed to assist exporters and importers in this field, and will ensure that all statutory requirements are in place as soon as these requirements are identified. Anglia’s BREXIT Committee is working tirelessly to ensure all possible scenarios are examined and implemented to ensure the smoothest of transitions for its client base. For more information on the Government ‘No Deal’ releases please visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trading-with-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

What are the pros and cons? 

During a recent speech in Geneva the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox said a hard approach would benefit the UK by making it a global trading nation, adding that “the UK is a full and founding member of the WTO”.

German business leaders have expressed a similar view. Markus Kerber of the German BDI group recently remarked: “It’s better to have a hard Brexit that works than to have a fudge in the middle that has to be renegotiated or doesn’t politically work and you have uncertainty lingering on.”

A hard Brexit, however, could see British goods and services subjected to new tariffs resulting in a significant increase in systematic checks on goods passing through ports and airports, both inbound and outbound, these checks and clearances adding further costs to the transaction.

Should we eventually become detached from the EU, the Single Market and the Customs Union, the UK will introduce its own laws and regulations. UK law makers are already drafting a UK version of the Union Customs Code.  The Union Customs Code (31.05.16) sets out the role of the AEO (Authorised Economic Operator), an accreditation gained by Anglia Forwarding in 2012, the benefits of which include customs simplifications, fewer physical and document checks at borders and a more efficient transit through borders. We can assume quite confidently, that the AEO programme will remain at the heart of any new UK Customs regulations and accordingly, Anglia Forwarding is well positioned as a holder of AEO Customs and Security (Full) to pass on all the benefits to its customers and business partners.

Anglia Forwarding have tried not to engage in the Brexit speculation, or side with political opinion. We have limited ourselves to the occasional noting of facts and events on our website based on information being fed to our industry by our governing body (BIFA) and other industry sources. We will compile our next news item on BREXIT when  something really concrete is agreed, or, as we get closer to a deal (or no deal). As soon as options and issues do become clearer, we will do our best to communicate the relevant parts of BREXIT to you. This will then enable you to prepare and implement your own procedures ensuring that you meet your statutory requirements under the terms of BREXIT.

The UK Select Committee on Brexit Customs Arrangements recently hinted at further advantages for AEO “Trusted Traders”, and also that they thought UK Customs Agents and Freight Forwarders such as Anglia Forwarding would play a much expanded role for its customers and business partners post.

Following our last Brexit newsletter the situation still remains unclear. As we move closer to the 29th March 2019, we need to consider the possible effects of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement, a so called “no deal” exit.

If the United Kingdom does leave the EU without an agreement, The World Trade Organisation (WTO) route may become the default solution, in which case UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT processes to goods traded with the EU.

At Anglia Forwarding we understand that our clients need to plan ahead and introduce their own contingency plans should such an event arise.

What actions do you need to carry out to continue trading with the EU following a “No Deal” exit.

  • Make sure you have a EORI number. If you do not already have an EORI number you can apply for one free of charge by visiting www.anglia-forwarding.co.uk/resource
  • If you are buying from the EU, ask your supplier for their EORI number. Both EORI numbers will be required if Customs declarations are to be completed post Brexit.
  • Review the size of your Duty/VAT deferment account. Will it sustain the additional EU business? Anglia can offer a deferment service for a small administration charge.
  • Obtain the UN customs code for goods you are exporting to or importing from the EU. Again, this information will be required if Customs declarations are to be completed post Brexit. Guidance can be found at www.anglia-forwarding.co.uk/resource
  • Issue an Authority for Anglia Forwarding to act as a Direct Customs representative and return it to brexit@anglia-forwarding.co.uk. You can download the letter of authority from

What is Anglia Forwarding doing to ensure the smoothest possible transition
We are in the process of putting in place additional staff to accommodate the possible influx of customs entry requests.
Alongside this, our IT programmes and systems are being adapted to ensure Customs entries can be prepared remotely
from any Anglia office and as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Anglia Forwarding are already best placed to
assist our customer through the Brexit process.

Once the final Brexit deal becomes known, we will provide a step by step guide to help your business continue to trade
with the EU.

To keep in touch with the latest Brexit news and how you can continue to prepare for Brexit, please sign up to our
regular newsletters via our website www.anglia-forwarding.co.uk or send your Brexit questions to

Anglia Forwarding is committed to assisting our customers preparations to ensure the smoothest possible Brexit.

With the possibility of a no deal hard Brexit on the 31st October, we fully understand that our customers rely on us to be fully prepared for whatever trading arrangement is agreed post-Brexit.

To help you along the Brexit path we have put together the following questionnaire, which will help you assess your Brexit readiness and help you put in place any missing safeguards in good time.

Click here to start the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S6N9X9K