Non-Document exports to EU member states.
(Issued: January 4th 2021)
Dear Valued Customer
Now we know the Brexit deal agreed the following must now be the norm for NON-DOCUMENT shipments to EU Member States via our Express Courier, European Parcel Service (EPS) and Road Freight.
The principle is the same as non-document shipments travelling to outside the European Union.
NON-DOCUMENT TO EUROPEAN MEMBER STATES (and Channel Islands)
If the contents of a shipment are not “paper/documents” then it is a non-document shipment and therefore requires a Commercial Invoice.
The Mission Express on-line system is the best way to produce this; at the same time of raising a consignment. A template is attached if you prefer to raise separately BUT we strongly encourage all customers to use the Mission Express on- line system.
We will provide more detailed advice to customers that ship “printed matter” such as books, pamphlets etc. but for now, they should be sent with a commercial invoice regardless as they do have a “value” which is it’s replacement OR manufacturing costs.
Under the current terms, shipments will be delivered under a free trade deal so only import TAX/VAT will be due (plus a small surcharge) to be settled by the receiver if applicable. Again, the same as if you are sending non-documents to anywhere else in the World.
If we receive a shipment that should have a Commercial Invoice, we will contact you ASAP to provide one to enable export.
Please click the icon below to download a commercial invoice template:
Every invoice must have the shippers EORI number detailed.
IF we have this number already from you, our system will automatically populate the details to a system generated invoice.
As a general sweep, if you know your EORI number can you please email it to email@example.com such that we can reconfirm on the system or update it accordingly.
We will be emailing all customers of whom we do not have their VAT/EORI number to either obtain it or assist in showing how to apply for one.
For the time being, there is no change for shipping to Northern Ireland.
Invoices must now have the product HS code(s) detailed
Please use the following link to access these codes https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/a-z-index/a
Our operating system will collate HS codes as they are used building a data base to assist Customers in the requirement going forward.
There is potential for clearance delays when shipping to the EU member states in the early weeks of the new relationship and Mission Express will be monitoring all shipments as usual. All shipments via our Express and Road Parcel Services are fully tracked so up to date information is available via our on-line portal.
Non-Documents to Europe require a Commercial Invoice.
HS codes will be needed for each product being sent.
Shipper VAT/EORI number is required.
Customers will find this much easier if they use our on-line system
Mission Express are ready and therefore, so are you.
What will happen after 31 December 2020?
(Issued: November 2nd 2020)
From 1st January 2021 the UK will no longer be a member of the EU and our trading arrangements will change so we will all need to prepare for life outside of the various arrangements of the past 40 plus years.
One of the most significant to change will be relating to the free movement of goods.
Although details of any potential “deal” are still unknown, Mission Express have prepared for the no-deal scenario.
This would result in the UK trading as a/becoming a third country when trading with the EU, therefore merchandise will become subject to customs procedures and potentially tariff schedules defined by WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules.
In short form…currently sending an item to an EU Member State requires no additional customs paperwork such as an invoice.
From 1st January 2021, sending the same item to an EU Member State WILL require an export invoice and the receiver MAY be liable for import duty/tax (paid to their local customs authority). This is how it happens, in most cases, when sending shipments to non-EU countries such as the USA, India and Australia.
We strongly recommend that all UK companies apply for an EORI Number (Economic Operators' Registration and Identification number) from HMRC in the UK.
It sounds complicated but really it is quite simple and can be completed online.
Check this link for information and to start the application. then please ensure you let us know your EORI Number!
We may all have to apply for an EORI Number from the EU however this is still undecided but again, it will be a very simple process via one central web portal.
Be assured, Mission Express is ready, we understand your business and will be beside you making sure you can continue to trade seamlessly and confidently.
Your success is our success as this is a continued partnership of trust and communication for the long term.
Mission Express are Brexit ready therefore, so are you!
Are you Brexit prepared?
Mission Express is prepared and monitoring the Brexit situation closely to offer guidance to our customers on how they can prepare for any significant challenges that may lay ahead.
Speculation on the consequences and outcome of Brexit negotiations has reached a critical point but remains un-clear.
In the event of a ‘No Deal’ scenario on 29th March, all goods between the UK and Europe will require customs clearance. Congestion at ports has been widely predicted with the impact wide-spread for a period of time.
Establishing the Customs commodity codes and inco-terms for your goods.
This will allow you to apply the correct rate and amount of Duty and keep you compliant with HMRC
Do you know your commodity codes?
Have you registered to get your EORI number?
If you do not have an active EORI number (Economic Operator Registration & Identification) this will be needed for Customs Clearance. It’s free to apply online and currently takes just a few days to obtain.
Check is your business ready to provide commercial documentation for each Export or Import movement?
This should include:
Sales value & Currency
Country of Origin
Need more Brexit help?
If you have any questions and would like to talk to us about being ready for Brexit, please contact us:
Tel +44 (0) 208 917 1299 firstname.lastname@example.org