The European Commission launched the first phase of its new import control system (ICS2 to protect against threats posed by illicit goods across the EU’s external borders on 15 March. ICS2 will initially focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being applied to all modes of cargo transport.
“It’s no surprise that the government has extended the deadline for the introduction of checks and customs declarations on imports to the UK from the EU,” says Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA).
Following a major post-Brexit drop in January, UK international road freight exports appear to have recovered to around 80% of their normal levels for this time of year, although the latest UK government figures indicate that up to one in five UK road-borne exports are still not taking place, as traders continue to struggle with post-Brexit trade complications.
APN shares top tips list for customers handling customs clearances
One month on from Brexit, the pallet networks have shared the most common errors freight customers are making which can cause consignment delays – and a checklist to ensure smooth deliveries, anywhere.
International express distribution expert Palletforce, a division of EV Cargo, says its Pallet Selfie technology has been a ‘game-changer’ in increasing visibility of freight passing through the SuperHub and is helping its members attract new customers and generate cost reductions.
After struggling since 1 January with new post-Brexit transition border processes that have led to increased delays, paperwork, and costs, traders are expected to further review their supply chains as they move beyond the initial firefighting mode.
New customs arrangements and rules of origin complications since 1 January mean it is now often cheaper for traders and customers to write off the cost of returned goods, reports highlight.
On 21 December 2020 the Trader Support Service (TSS) process was finally clarified by HM Government for shipments GB to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.
The TSS service enables traders to ship to Northern Ireland ONLY if they have registered online.
This registration means that all imports to Northern Ireland can be customs/ safety & security declared by shippers in a simplified way; then administered by our partners to enable deliveries to continue.
Paul Sanders, Chairman of the Association of Pallet Networks (APN) comments on its members’ response to rises in home deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic: