December 1, 2020

Is Brexit happening? Brexit FAQ

Will Brexit go ahead on the 31st December 2020?

Article 50 was triggered on 29th March 2017. The UK left the European Union on the 31st January 2020, but still adheres to the EU’s rules, regulations and the benefits associated with full membership under the Transitional Period which expires at 2300Hrs GMT on the 31st December 2020. The opportunity to extend this period has already passed and further more the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed a law that actually prohibits any further extensions.

What documents are needed once the free movement of goods between the United Kingdom and the EU comes to an end?

Movements between Great Britain and the EU will be controlled from the 1st January 2021, therefore a movement will be subject to customs, safety and security declarations, export controls will need to be considered (such as Dual use licensing, cultural goods licensing, etc.).

Plant and animal based products will require health or phytosanitary certification which includes wooden packing material that must now meet ISPM 15 standards.

Northern Ireland will remain part of the Customs Union and will continue to enjoy free movement into the Republic of Ireland but at the same time free movement into the UK.

How do we move our Northern Ireland goods into Germany?

If the movement is avoiding the Great Britain land bridge, the goods will retain EU status, however, if the goods are to transit Great Britain a T2 document (Customs Transit Bond which retains EU status) will need to accompany the goods which facilitates clearance in the EU without the requirement to pay duty.

As we enter the final month of the Brexit transition period, our Crane Worldwide team of Brexit experts are available to discuss your requirements. Do you have a question re: Brexit? Reach out for support.

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