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no-deal Brexit preparedness

Following the (third) rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement in UK Parliament on the 29th March, the UK Government issued and further updated a number of documents with regards to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in case of no deal reached by 12 April.

The UK Government published an information package designed to help stakeholders inform their customers about changes at roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

The Package contains summary information for users of roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel, a factsheet on the new requirements for traders, hauliers and operators at roll on roll off ports and Eurotunnel and flowcharts that show importers and exporters the process flow on day one of a no deal scenario.


A Guidance Document on the Customs processes for businesses who move goods from Ireland to Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal was also published. The Guidance only covers the UK Government’s temporary approach for moving goods between Ireland and Northern Ireland.


The rules aim at keeping cross-border movement of goods processes as they currently are for most goods. The majority of traders moving goods between Northern Ireland and Ireland will not need to get a customs agent or a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. Goods arriving from Ireland will be subject to import VAT.

Further information is available on: VAT on goods you move from Ireland to Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


The UK Government also published an impact assessment for VAT and services if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


The Government also adjusted the notices covering a number of different customs procedures under the provisions of The Customs Import Duty (EU Exit) Regulations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notices-made-under-the-customs-import-duty-eu-exit-regulations-2018?utm_source=15f35648-6cac-4651-b1ee-8c91c131718d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Further guidance information was published relating to Switzerland and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, to help people and businesses prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU in all scenarios.

In addition, the following guidance documents were updated:

– International Agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-agreements-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-without-a-deal?utm_source=e3bab22f-85cd-4c1b-91c4-a4242a90def9&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

– Temporary rates of customs duty (tariffs) on imports after EU Exit; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-rates-of-customs-duty-on-imports-after-eu-exit?utm_source=a69f2db9-2758-45d2-b460-de4e1c579de1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

– Statutory Instruments relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-instruments-relating-to-eu-exit?utm_source=5ddee125-1d8a-49d0-896b-8e468acf8df2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

French Customs provided additional information on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Controls:

– General principles; https://www.clecat.org/media/French%20Customs_Brexit_Controls.pdf

– Preparations for controls; https://www.clecat.org/media/French%20Customs_Brexit_Preparations.pdf

– Flyer for drivers. https://www.clecat.org/media/French%20Customs_Flyer_for_Drivers.pdf

In order to stay informed on Brexit preparedness measures in the UK, CLECAT advises it members to subscribe to the UK government’s websites to receive updates by email. https://www.gov.uk/government/email-signup/new?email_signup%5Bfeed%5D=https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-exiting-the-european-union.atom

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