7:58am 11th March 2021
With Brexit in effect since January 1st, many companies and truckers are facing daily challenges with customs formalities. As a Registered Customs Representative, Mathez Freight - X2 Elite member - has a dedicated Brexit help desk team who have already helped dozens of Customers and hundreds of trucks perform their post-Brexit operations successfully.
Here you can get an idea of a Standard Operating Procedure created to help you understand basics and ease imports from Great Britain into the EU through France.
Step 1: Get the Customs broker in Great Britain to issue an Export custom clearance
British Customs require an export declaration to be made for all goods departing the UK through the National Export System (NES) to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
If goods are of British origin, in order to have null or low import duties in the E.U. your supplier must type the following sentence on the invoice and/or the packing list:
“The exporter of the products covered by this document (UK EORI # …) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of the United Kingdom preferential origin.“
Step 2: Get your T1/MRN in Great Britain (optional)
Ask your customs broker in Great Britain to issue a T1/MRN. This will enable you to handle customs in an inner Customs office in the European Union (for example in Marseilles, Warsaw, or elsewhere).
NB: Ask us for our customs office code to establish the T1.
If you can’t get a T1/MRN, we will have to sort an import customs clearance or issue a T1 on the European Community border
Step 3: Provide your French Customs broker (Mathez Freight) with all the documents
Send them a full set of documents:
Step 4: We handle customs transit or customs clearance on the entry border
If you have no T1 on step 2, Mathez Freight, as a registered customs representative in France will either carry out:
In case of congestion in Calais or sensitive products, Mathez Freight can set-up an anticipated T1 from the French border (Calais, Dunkirk, Cherbourg…) to one of their customs offices.
Their main customs office for Brexit is Lille.
Mathez Freight can issue a T1 to another customs office or another customs broker if they have a guarantee that it will be cleared upon arrival (liability on full taxes and duties).
Step 5: We process an ENS in the ICS
Step 6: We carry out anticipated import customs clearance
If you have no T1 on step 2, we key in an import declaration to the French customs system, so we are ready to release the import declaration when the truck arrives either on the border or in an inner Customs office.
A truck can’t leave Great Britain without an anticipated import declaration or a T1.
And we are done with paperwork!
Step 7: Drive the truck!
In the UK, the truck will scan ENS and Anticipated Customs Declaration. This will grant it access to the ferry or the channel tunnel.
Upon arrival, truck registration plates will be scanned by the “smart border” and Customs declaration will be automatically turned into a final status, and the traffic light will indicate:
Contact them for more details: