The UK officially leaves the EU on the 31st January 2020. As we now enter the transition period until the 31st December 2020, we await further negotiations and arrangements that will be discussed between the UK and EU.
During this transition, the UK will lose all our MEPs, but will still follow EU laws and regulations as normal, with the UK temporarily remaining as an EU member. However, it is important to note there are no new customs procedures at present that will affect shipments in and outside the EU, current rules will still apply.
Wallis are proud to provide solutions tailored to your freight needs and requirements and want to help make the transition period as smooth as possible and help you to prepare for a possible no-deal scenario, and continue your movements smoothly in and outside of Europe.
We have compiled some frequently asked questions and statements we have heard in and out of the office, so here are some common concerns answered…
- ‘Customs paperwork must be completed for all imports and exports from the UK to Europe’ – FALSE, Movements will continue as normal in and out of Europe, with no customs procedures put in place during this transition period until further notice.
- ‘EORI’s numbers are only needed for importing and exporting outside of the EU’ – TRUE, However, we recommend applying for an EORI number now if you do not have one, which is a requirement for all international shipments and will be needed for Europe from the 1st January 2021. See www.gov.uk/eori for more details.
- ‘Changes will be implemented from the 31st January 2020’ – FALSE, There are no planned changes to be aware of from this date – the UK will enter a transition period until the 31st December 2020. The transition period allows the UK to remain in the EU customs union, follow EU law and principles, and the free movement of people and goods continue. However, the UK is no longer a member of the EU parliament or its bodies.
- ‘We need to apply for new passports’ – FALSE, the United Kingdom will remain using current valid passports until further announcement. According to the Home Office, the new blue passport design will start being issued from early 2020. If you renew your passport during this initial period, you may be issued with a blue or burgundy passport – yet all styles will be equally valid for travel.
- ‘EHIC cards are not valid anymore now that we have left the EU’ – FALSE, EHIC cards are valid up until the 31st December 2020 (the end of the transition period). The government recommend arranging travel insurance for all travel to Europe, in the event of a no deal scenario.
- ‘Now that we have left the EU, does that mean we have a deal?’, FALSE, Until Parliament agree on trade deals with the EU, we enter this transition period whilst talks continue. If no deal is made by the 31st December 2020, the UK will be leaving without a deal.
- ‘Travel to and from anywhere in Europe will now require visas from the 31st January 2020’ FALSE, Travel including rules around driving licences and pet passports will remain the same during the transition period.
- ‘Mobile data roaming costs will return’ – FALSE, Mobile roaming charges will not be reintroduced for UK customers travelling in Europe.
- ‘Travelling around Europe will be more difficult’ – FALSE, Customs and immigration checks in Europe, are already required for UK citizens, so they won’t simply be singled out post-Brexit. Passports will still be needed on arrival at the borders.
Wallis have provided a guide to ensure you meet the necessary requirements to support your shipping in and outside of Europe, please click here for more information. We also recommend visiting HMRC’s website for the latest updates and announcements for any further developments.
Contact our team for any assistance or queries that you may have about the future of your shipping.
This article was last updated on 31st January 2020. Any further updates or changes since the time of publishing, please see HMRC website for more details.