With Brexit nearly upon us the UK is set to leave the EU on 29th March 2019 and we are still relatively unclear about the shape of Brexit. In the event that the UK exits the EU without a deal, it is possible (but not certain) that when shipping to/from the EU businesses will be subjected to the same rules which currently apply when trading with the rest of the world.
The following guidance is relevant to businesses which are established in Great Britain, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. If you fall into this category and do not have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, you should register for one now. You can apply here www.gov.uk/eori.
After you have registered you’ll get your EORI number by email, usually within 3 working days. Check your spam folder if it’s not in your inbox. It can occasionally take longer than 3 days to process if there are high volumes. The government is publishing further information in January 2019 specifically for importers, exporters, carriers, and port operators who trade with the EU through roll on roll off locations. This will include new and temporary easements to support continued trade fluidity at these locations.
We will continue to keep you updated on significant developments.