The UK has left the EU, and with the transition period ending on 31 December, there is now only a matter of weeks to make sure your business is prepared.
If your business trades with the EU, then it is vital to get prepared for the changes afoot and make sure you have the necessary processes, contracts and agreements in place.
Whatever the outcome of the continuing trade talks, there are steps all companies need to make for changes in import and export declarations to move goods between the UK and the EU, reports The Scottish Sun.
From 1 July 2021, all traders moving goods in and out of Europe will have to make declarations and pay the relevant tariffs.
Pro Steel Engineering, based in Pontypool, Wales, has projects in France and Sweden and uses a freight forwarder for customs declarations.
“Using a freight forwarder means our responsibility ends when the products leave our building,” says company director Richard Selby.
“If you’ve got 50 people on a construction site in the middle of Paris, you don’t want to be late delivering to them because you’ve got your paperwork wrong.”
He explained that Pro Steel Engineering began preparing for the end of the transition period two years ago, starting with getting a GB EORI number from the GOV.UK website. He used an online checker on the website to make sure the firm was ready for the changes ahead.
Make sure you’re ready to trade with the EU from 1 January 2021. For more information, go to gov.uk/hmrc/customs-on-your-behalf.
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