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British Haulage Brexit Preparation

British Haulage Brexit Preparation

Firstly the outcome of Brexit is Britain has now left the European Union so operators now need to prepare measures to comply with regulations between Britain and the European Union, British Haulage Brexit Preparation!

A transition period will be in place until at least the 31st December 2020, keeping the UK inside the single market and customs Union.

For Road Haulage Companies this means no changes will apply in 2020 to the rules regarding:

  • Tachograph Legislation
  • Customs & Border processes for importing and exporting goods
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Driving Licences
  • Community Licences
  • Driver and Management Certificates of Professional Competence (CPC)
  • Passports & Identity documents
  • CMR Notes
  • European Health Cards (EHIC)

The rules around the list above will change for road haulage movements from the 1st January 2021.

Trade Negotiations

Over the course of 2020 negotiations will take place between the UK and EU Commission, these negotiations will relate to a possible free trade agreement and future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union from 1st January 2021.

International Haulage preparations from 1st January 2021

It is hoped that during 2020 the UK and EU will be able to set out the rules for international haulage to be in legislation from 1st January 2021, it is believed that progress will have been made in negotiations by July 2020.

These new rules are not yet known so no action can be taken by road hauliers around those future arrangements.

It is however clear that customs declarations will be required for the movement of goods between the UK and Europe from 1st January 2021.

Many details are uncertain but there are areas that basic preparation will need to be made.

IssueWhenAction
Customs & Border Processes for
exporting goods to EU
NowCustoms declarations will be required from
1.1.21. Traders must ensure they and their
customers understand what paperwork will
be required for customs. Ensure now that
commercial invoices contain all the data that
will be needed for customs declarations.
The use of “transit” arrangements under the
Common Transit Convention is expected to
be a dominant process for international road
haulage between the UK and EU.
Customs & Border Processes for
importing goods from the EU
NowCustoms declarations will be required from
1.1.21. Traders must ensure they and their
suppliers understand what paperwork will
be required for customs. Ensure now that
commercial invoices contain all the data that
will be needed for customs declarations.
The use of “transit” arrangements under the
Common Transit Convention is expected to
be a dominant process for international road
haulage between the EU and UK
Regulatory Processes for sending goods
between NI and GB
WaitSome form of customs declaration will be
needed. These will be defined in coming
months.
CMR Notes NowOperators need to ensure that CMR Notes
are routinely completed to a high standard,
with correct goods descriptions and other
details.
Community Licences WaitArrangements will become clearer as
negotiations proceed.
Driving LicencesWaitArrangements will become clearer as
negotiations proceed.
Driver & Transport Manager CPC WaitArrangements will become clearer as
negotiations proceed.
Tachographs WaitExpect EU rules to still apply for international
road haulage.
Drivers hoursWaitExpect EU rules to still apply for international
road haulage.
Passports and identity documents WaitExpect that UK Passports will need at least 6
months validity to enter the EU from 1.1.21
European Heath Cards WaitSubject to negotiation
Transit permits for UK hauliers
travelling beyond the EU
WaitThis is subject to negotiation. An agreement
is possible that will allow transit to third
countries without the need for transit
permits.
Transit by EU hauliers through the UK
between Ireland and the rest of the EU
WaitThis is subject to negotiation but is expected
to be agreed.
Cabotage in the EUWaitEuropean Commission has said that it is
unlikely to be possible for UK operators to
do cabotage in the EU. This may change as a
result of negotiation, however for now
operators should assume no cabotage will
be permitted from 1 January 2021.
Cabotage by EU operators in the UK WaitGiven the European Commission position on
cabotage it is expected that symmetry will
apply and EU operators will not be allowed
to cabotage in the UK.
Cross Trade by UK operators between
two EU member states.
WaitThe European Commission has ruled out
allowing cross trade by UK operators. This
may change as a result of negotiation,
however for now operators should assume
that cross trade in the EU after 1 January
2021 will require an ECMT permit.
Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary checksWaitThese may be determined to some extent by
the free trade negotiations. However, any
imposition of checks will have a substantial
impact on the movement of goods subject to
inspection.
Tariff Rates WaitThis will depend on the Free Trade
Negotiations.
Border Readiness checks and
requirements for a lorry to board a ferry
or train to cross the UK EU border.
WaitIt is likely that the route taken to enter or
leave the EU, and the final country of
destination for the goods, will have an
impact on what is required to cross that
border. There will be variations by route.
Safety & Security Declarations WaitThe requirement for import Safety &
Security destinations are yet to be
determined. UK export Safety and Security
declarations will be covered by the Export
Customs Declaration.
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