Trade Agreement with Chile Announced

Thursday 31st January 2019 and hello from David. Hello, it’s David again! The UK and Chile have signed an agreement for preferential trade and services to continue between the two countries post-Brexit unaltered. This follows on the back of a similar agreement at the end of 2018 with Switzerland. This announcement interestingly refers to a number of other agreements to …

Brexit – Another Week in Review…

Well here we are again and you may be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed since I last expressed my opinion.  If that is your first thought let me see if I can change it for you as I think we have built our knowledge and understanding substantially over the last week; The first thing that is blatantly apparent is …

Customs Import Declarations

David here, you may be getting fed up with my technical posts.  But I am afraid there’s a lot that you need to know.  In my defence – I didn’t make the rules! Below is the UK government advice on making Import Customs Declarations.  It confidently tells you that you may make your own declarations, which is true.  Here’s a …

Customs Procedure Codes

Hi, it’s David again with more mumbo jumbo. This time it’s something called Customs Procedure Codes [commonly referred to as a ‘CPC’ in the customs world]. Put simply, this code tells customs what is happening to the goods.  For example, an import to ‘Home Use’ or a ‘Temporary Admission’.  The former means the goods will be consumed in the UK; …

Customs Special Procedures

It’s David here.  Right, if you’ve read my previous posts, you will start to be getting an idea about Customs.  You should have already got yourself an EORI registration [see https://www.gov.uk/eori]. You may have had a look at the Customs Tariff [https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/trade-tariff/sections]. You may have realised it is all a bit technical.  That you’d rather concentrate on buying and selling …

Origin of Goods

Knowing the origin of goods is essential to ensure your customs declarations are compliant. You cannot ensure that you are paying the correct taxes or respecting import licence laws without knowing the origin of the goods you are importing.  Getting this wrong will result in official investigation and potentially swingeing financial penalties. Below you will find the UK government advice …

Prohibitions and Restrictions

Hello it’s David here with more information that you will need to know in the event of a ‘no deal’.  Certain goods require official permission to import or export.  This permission comes in the form of a ‘licence’.  As an importer, it is your legal responsibility to comply with import licence rules.  Equally, as an exporter you are liable for …

Introducing Stephen Lambrou, Customs Clearance Manager

Hi everyone, Stephen Lambrou here, Customs Clearance Manager for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK based in Dover, joining Justin and David with regular contributions on the Hellmann UK Brexit Blog. I have been in the customs clearance business since 1987, spending 25 years at Dornack International Ltd and the last seven years at International Forwarding Ltd before joining Hellmann Worldwide Logistics …

Unprecedented Waters

Well, here I am again and may I reiterate (although that would be too easy) – all my previous comments about how we are in unprecedented waters such as; A government losing a crucial vote by a greater margin than any government in nearly a hundred years, the result of which impacts dramatically upon every individual in the country, The …

Brexit, another interesting week!

It has certainly been an interesting week here in the UK.  Negotiations between the UK and the EU have yet to reach an agreement and the date when the UK leaves the EU is fast approaching. We are set to leave the EU on 29th March 2019 and we are still not clear on the process. Our government has been …