The next phase of Brexit regulations is here

The arrival of 2022 brings with it more Brexit regulations for your shipments. This new wave of clearance restrictions marks the end of the introductory period of 2021, and is a significant step towards the new normal for EU/GB trade.

Here are the main things you and your EU suppliers need to know:

All road shipments need clearance on GVMS before departing


Every road freight vehicle needs to have an export and import customs clearance pre-lodged on the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) before the vehicle embarks from origin. Both sets of clearances need to be uploaded to a single Goods Movement Record (GMR) along with all other documents.

Physical copies of all paperwork relating to the GMR need to accompany the goods vehicle. This is so that customs have it readily available for inspection if your vehicle is selected during clearance. 

When the vessel embarks from origin, or the vehicle enters the Eurotunnel, the GMR status is changed to “embarked” and both of your clearances are processed. The export declaration then has the correct date of departure, and the import customs duty and VAT are paid.

Any vehicle that does not have the correct paperwork, or a GMR, will not be allowed to embark so check this process is understood by everyone in your supply chain. 

Brexit regulations on rules of EU preferential origin are changing


Any shipment that has a value over GBP5500/EUR6000 must have a Registered Exporter (REX) authorisation number on the commercial invoice for you to claim preferential origin on the shipment. This REX number must be accompanied by a statement similar to the following:

“The exporter (customs authorisation number **********) of the products covered by this document declares that, unless otherwise stated, that these goods are of ** origin.”

Any shipment which does not have this clause is not eligible for preferential origin and must be declared with full customs duty. 

You are also unable to use the country code “EU” for the country of origin declaration at item level. Every different country of origin will now need to be declared as separate items. This means multiple lines on the declaration.

There are stricter regulations on foodstuffs

The following foodstuffs cannot be imported into the U.K.:
– chilled or frozen minced poultry. 
– ungraded eggs.
– chilled meat preparations – EG burgers, sausages. 

– chilled mince meat (beef, goat, mutton, lamb, pork).
– meat that has been mechanically separated from poultry, game, or ratite birds.
– raw milk from cattle herds with bovine tuberculosis (TB).

All legal foodstuffs from EU suppliers require pre-notification on IPAFFS. The generated Unique Notification Number (UNN) needs to be declared on your import customs clearance. This means an additional step before the import customs clearance. Therefore, sending documents early is even more essential for road shipments.

Copies of all documents must be included in any loads of health products that are arriving by sea and air.

The IPAFFS UNN needs to be on the original health certificate from 1st July, 2022. An original (not a copy) must also travel wit any related shipments from 1st July, 2022.

Do you need help with Brexit regulations?

Universal Customs Clearance are prepared for the new Brexit regulations. Please contact us for assistance.


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