Just when you think you’ve got the hang of Brexit-related import and export rules for the movement of goods, everything changes again! These are the updates applicable from 1st Jan 2022 – please prepare now to avoid border headaches!
What’s Changing with Ireland and Northern Ireland?
Thankfully, nothing! The recent announcement on the 15th Dec 2021 stated that goods moving from the island of Ireland to the island of Great Britain will continue to be treated the same way as they are currently treated. There are no new customs or SPS processes applicable.
This is a welcome relief for so many UK and Irish businesses! But the same can’t be said for our neighbouring countries across The Channel.
You will be required to register to use GVMS – do this ASAP! You need to be registered to create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) number
You will need to use a GMR for any and all movements (including empty vehicles) into GB from EU or vice versa from 11:59pm on 31st Dec 2021
Without the GMR your driver will not be permitted to board the ferry or shuttle
Create a GMR from 29th Dec 2021 onwards
Some goods using a GMR will require inspection – most ports do this on-site, but please be aware that Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and Holyhead require you to attend an inland border facility (IBF). It is the responsibility of the haulier who created the GMR to ensure goods arrive into an IBF. The haulier/driver may be liable for a penalty of up to £2,500 if they fail to attend an IBF
The Customs & International Trade Helpline is running critical importing/exporting assistance throughout the festive season and into 2022. Call 0300 322 9434.
The above helpline will also be active 8am-4pm on the 1st-3rd of January, then 8am-10pm Mon-Fri from 4th January onwards for all non-critical import/export assistance. There is also a Webchat service open as per the times above.