Ready for Brexit? Our Customs solutions

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On 20th December 2019, the British parliament voted in favor of the withdrawal agreement: Brexit will therefore be effective on 31st January 2020

The United Kingdom will become a "third country" to the European Union, and this will make the start of the transition period, which will end on 31st December 2020. 

At the end of this transition period, two situations may arise:

  • The agreement on the future relationship has failed or is not ratified : in this case, we would return to a “No Deal” situation with the immediate restoration of the border between the European Union and the United Kingdom and the application of the legal conditions of the WTO.
  • The agreement on the future relationship is ratified on time. The new negotiated conditions will then come into force.

In both cases, there will be restoration of the border, customs declarations and controls: this major event will represent a significant disruption and generate a certain impact in terms of cost and customer experience.

In this uncertain context, our GEFCO taskforce is ready to provide our expertise to secure your Brexit process through the engineering of physical and information flows, to design and implement the best operational solutions. 

What's at stake ?​

Brexit will have a significant Customs, logistics, tax and financial impact for industrial supply chains.

  • The choice of the country of arrival or of the storage of goods before their sale in the UK or EU could have consequences on the number of customs declarations, payment of duties and taxes and the customs procedure used (ex: bonded storage, processing)
  • Likewise, the new bilateral agreements put in place with the United Kingdom will have a direct consequence on the customs origin of the products and associated customs duties.

Potential payment of Customs duties, import and export declarations and related potential controls, change of VAT rules, and possible delays will require both regulatory compliance and change management. 

> In this video, discover the main disruptions Brexit may cause in the immediate future  

10 best practices to be prepared for Brexit

  1. Analyse your flows
  2. Prepare your teams for Customs compliance
  3. Change your Incoterms 
  4. Identify your tariff codes and origins
  5. Obtain a new EORI number in the UK or in the EU
  6. Register for UK Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP)
  7. Benefit from VAT deferment 
  8. Ensure compliant export invoices
  9. Anticipate the import-export flows of reusable packaging
  10. Have an expert handle your VAT

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GEFCO Brexit solutions

GEFCO have created a Brexit dedicated solution providing compliance and cost efficiencies to support the 400 million yearly Customs declarations from/to the UK:

  • Additional resources and Customs clearance sites
  • IT solutions 
  • Optimised processes 
  • A full range of strategic and operational solutions 

> Find out more about our Brexit solutions in this video!

How to successfully manage IMPORT cross border operations to the UK

The smooth and uninterrupted flow of goods across the new EU/UK border can be maintained by making sure that you have made the required declarations, to both the relevant EU country customs authority, and HMRC in the UK.
Without having the pre-lodged import/export or transit declaration, you will risk delays at the border.

> Discover in this video how to guarantee the best customer experience at both sides !

How to successfully manage EXPORT cross border operations to the EU 

To smoothly cross the border from the UK to the EU, you can either process a transit up to final import destination or to an import declaration at EU border. 

> In this next video, discover how to secure your flows from the UK !


To maintain fluid traffic flows between UK and France, the French customs authority have developed an IT solution based on anticipated customs formalities, providing the possibility of a direct border crossing: the smart border. 

Within the possible customs procedures, 2 innovations can be implemented to avoid stopping at the border.

> In this next video, discover how the French Smart Border can deliver compliance, risk management, time and cost efficiencies 

Do you speak BREXIT? Access our FAQ!

  1. What is Brexit?​
  2. What is the transition period?​
  3. What will change for Customs once the UK becomes a third country (in case of No-Deal Brexit)? ​
  4. How to process Customs formalities?​
  5. What is an EORI number?​
  6. After Brexit, what happens if I produce/purchase goods in/from the UK?​
  7. Will I need specific documents for importing into the UK or the EU?​
  8. Will I pay Customs duties while importing?​
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Better together!

Benefit from regulatory insight and explore the most agile solutions for your business:

Contact our dedicated Brexit team

With worldwide coverage in over 118 countries, a customs and fiscal representation engineering department and a dedicated Brexit taskforce with specific HR, IT and processes, GEFCO have become a preferred Customs partner of major customers to best support them in facing this major disruption.

Olivier Thouard

Head of Customs, Fiscal Representation and Brexit at GEFCO and Chair of TLF BREXIT working group (French transport and logistics professional organisation)