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22 October, 2020

Brexit Update – October 2020

What is the latest situation?

Regardless of whether there is a trade agreement in the next few weeks, there will be a need to lodge import and export documents for all intra UK/EU trade, in the same way we do at present with 3rd country shipments.

Safety and Security declarations issued by the carrier will be required on movements from the UK to the EU from the 1st January 2021.

For movements from the EU to the UK, the UK have delayed this requirement until July 2021 although there is the option to submit these from the 1st January 2021 if desired.


What do I need to do?

Firstly, it is best to identify either as a ship owner a ‘cargo interest’.

The impact on ship owners is the responsibility regarding advanced safety and security declarations (ENS / EXS).

These will be required from 1st January 2021 on movements from the UK to EU.

These will be required from 1st July 2021 on movements from the EU to UK.

It may be prudent therefore to be prepared to lodge ENS/EXS declarations for movements between the EU/UK and UK/EU from 1/1/21.

Important note: it will NO longer be possible to file ICS messages within the EU with a GB EORI number. It will also not be possible to file to GB with an EORI that is not registered in the UK.

 If you haven’t already obtained an EU EORI number, then please do so at the earliest opportunity. This process can be started via the following link:

 If you require a GB EORI and registration, the following link can be used:

For cargo interests, i.e. importers and exporters to or from the EU, they will need to complete Customs declarations in the UK and the EU from 1st January 2021.

The remaining variable is the Customs Duty. if agreements can be reached, ‘free’ rates will apply. If not, WTO rates will apply both in the UK and EU as it does with third country goods at present.


Inchcape Shipping Services UK

Don’t wait any longer to consider the impact on your business, please contact Inchcape Shipping Services and we’ll be glad to explain the exact scenario you are likely to face.

We are always available to discuss your specific Brexit questions and general enquiries. Please contact us at:


Andrew Hogg
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