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Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:53:43 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.1 Irish customs are requesting a CMR for inbound GB shipments. Has the no-CMR protocol expired? I've sent this into the JCCC with a more technical Tariff issue (with supporting screen shots)

A. You must have a CMR note on all international journey's if you're carrying goods on a commercial basis. The CMR note can be filled in by either: 
  • you (the haulier)
  • the company sending the goods abroad 
  • a freight forwarder
You will need 3 copies of a CMR note, including one:
  • for the supplier of the goods
  • for the eventual customer
  • to accompany the goods while they are being transported
You can buy pre-printed CMR notes from the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Logistics UK.
Further guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carry-out-international-road-haulage#complete-a-road-consignment-cmr-note    
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:54:04 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.2 Members (manufacturers) are noting that they and some suppliers were advised by FSA as late as end November that they did not need to be listed with the EU to be able to export as they were not Approved premises. As a consequence some businesses are finding that they may not be able to export. (Evidence of this advice available in writing.) How to resolve/get on the EU list?
A. You need to be listed as an approved establishment with the EU if you do any of the following:
  • export POAO, including red of white meat, fish and fish products, or dairy and egg products - contact FSA at eulistings@food.gov.uk
  • export germplasm - contact APHA Centre for International Trade to be listed 
  • export aniaml by-products - contact the ABP team on 03000 200 301 or CSCOneHealthABP@apha.gov.uk to be listed
  • supply other UK establishments that export these goods to the EU
The European Commission has confirmed that the current list of UK animal by-products and germplasm will be accepted. 

Please note the information provided on GOV.UK is constantly being updated to support businesses with accurate and timely information, any link provided is accurate and up to date at the time of response. 
 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:54:21 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.3 Need clarity on DAERA’s EHC exemption form requirements. Does a copy need to accompany each consignment or simply be held on file in case of challenge?
A. EHC's need to travel with each consignment. 
 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:54:33 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q4. With 24/7/365 operations and varying outload times flexibility of vets is vital to ensure EHCs are in place to enable product to move. Some examples of lack of appreciation of this from private vets in particular. Underlying capacity issue?
A. DEFRA has taken steps to increase the number of certifiers available in GB to facilitate movement of goods to NI and exports to the EU. As part of the EU Exit preparartions, we provided funding for training of Veterinarians to become Offical Veterinarians (OVs). This training enabled them to obtain the qualification needed to certify exports of animal products. The number of OVs holding the relevant qualification for Products of Animal Origin has increased from around 600 in February 2019 to approximatley 1,200 currently. In addition to the funding provided last year, we recently launched a further £200,000 fund to provide funding for OV training free of charge. This is aimed at increasing OV numbers further and enhancing capacity for the certification of Products of Animal Origin (POAO), ungulates and equines. We have also made available £100,000 of funding to cover the cost of training Certification Support Officers (CSOs) to both vets and Local Authorities. CSOs can undertake administrative and preparatory activities required ahead of certification. DEFRA has also allocated £540,000 for surge capacity veterinarians as short-term support for certification of export at the end of the Transition Period if localised shortages arise. We are also working with the regulatory and representative bodies for certifiers to look at how we can facilitate OVs and FCCOs working more closely together. This will add flexibility to the certifier market whilst ensuring that integrity of the certification process is maintained.  

 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:54:47 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.5. The question is of the MRN printing as a barcode on an Export Accompanying Document. My members software will not print a barcode when the declaration is not an indirect export. After 1/1 all GB exports are direct exports, meaning our software doesn’t print the barcode. We believe this is correct (as directed by HMRC in 2009 when the barcode EAD came into being), but some clients are challenging it now. Can we have some advice please.
A. Guidance can be found here- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-out-when-to-make-an-exit-summary-declaration
 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:55:00 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.6 Concern already being expressed regarding arrangements post-GEFS as complexity for composite (and other) products being shipped in mixed loads by retail customers may be insurmountable without 30d Support Health Attestations etc. What approach is envisaged post 31/12/21?
A. Guidance can be found here- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-for-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:55:10 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.7 We are hearing from Brokers that CHIEF has issues on Exports and handling volumes of declarations. Some reporting several days. Could you clarify the situation please?
A. CHEIF is working to design with no problems raised with HMRC. Any service availability issues will be noted here- 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customs-handling-of-import-export-freight-chief-service-availability-and-issues
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:55:21 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.8 Having reports of delays at Holyhead, due to reduction on sailings, is there any info on this please?
A. All sailings running ar present, both companies (Irish Ferries & Stena Line) have diverted one vessle to Dublin- Cherbourg route for weekends (when Holyhead is traditionally quieter). Port Resilience are getting daily updates from Holyhead re turn backs.
On the 21 January we were notified that Irish Ferries cancelled one sailing this morning due to adverse weather- Storm Christoph. On no other daily update reports have we been notified of any cancelled sailings.  
 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:55:33 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.9 Can you confirm that Covid tests aren't currently required for freight drivers at Holyhead?
A. We can confirm COVID tests are not required by hauliers at Holyhead in order to enter Ireland. Hauliers entering France must have had a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of crossing. 
Further guidance can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:55:54 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.10 Our biggest problem at the moment is some NCTS declarations (e-mail route) for exports to the EU are coming back with IE907 errors that don’t contain any explanation as to what is wrong, yet a few similar ones are accepted. Unable to get any response from the NCTS helpdesk by phone or e-mail
A. We are aware of possible delays when moving goods under transit/CTC into Calias-port or Dunkerque where Office of Transit included on the declaration is different to the actual port of arrival in France. For example Calias-port was included on the declaration but on check-in at Dover, the haulier decided to take crossing that arrives in Dunkerque. 
Under these circumstances, you may experience some delays on arrival in France and be routed to orange lanes to allow the completion of the Office of Transit formalities through emergency procedures to address the error message sent between the 2 NCTS systems. 
HMRC are working with French Customs on this issue to make improvements as quickly as possible. 
Guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/new-computerised-transit-system-enquiries
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:56:17 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.11 Why is there no testing site situated between Thurrock and Fleet. Thats a big gap for traffic heading to the southeast.
A.The full list of testing sites can be found here :https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:56:33 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.12. Is there any discussion going on about extending the 'in flight' possibility, or do we correctly interpret your earlier comment on this to mean that there is no way to extend it ?
A. The seven day grace period ended on 08 January 2021. 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:56:49 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.13. In relation to Safety & Security decl for Ireland. Where is a haulier supposed to do that? theres info about PBN but nothing that makes it clear where S&S are done.
A. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-out-when-to-make-an-exit-summary-declaration
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:57:20 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.14. About GVMS, are hauliers supposed to be able to log in via the GOV Gateway link? a members says there is no link to GVMS when he tries to do so. A. The link can be found here : https://developer.service.hmrc.gov.uk/guides/gvms-end-to-end-service-guide/documentation /register-for-gvms.html#before-you-start
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:57:33 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.15. Is there a prospect of negotiations with the EU to resolve the issue of goods that can't be exported there at the moment (eg certain shellfish, etc)? What is the status and prospect for those goods?
A. Updated answer
The UK is now outside the single market and the customs union following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, meaning that we are subject to current EU rules for the non-member states. This means that some types of products are subject to prohibitions and restrictions (P&R) when coming into GB from the EU, or going from GB to the EU, as of 1 January 2021. We are working closely with food producers to ensure they are ready to compy with the EU's third country imports regime. 
Live bivalve molluscs such as oysters, mussles, clams, cockles and scallops can continue to be exported to the EU if they're harvested from class A waters or cleaned, or have cleared end product testing in the UK. 
We will continue to raise the issue of live bivalve molluscs not ready for human consumption with the EU, to ensure that trade can continue securely. 
Please note that the information provided on GOV.UK is constantly being updated to support businesses with accurate and timely information; any link provided is accurate and up to date at the time of this response. 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:57:51 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.16. I've been told the NCTS support line is very slow. It's gone from days to hours. But still causing issues. Is this being reviewed?
A. Yes- the NCTS support line has been under pressure as we were made aware of possible delays when moving goods under transit/CTC into Calais-port or Dunkerque where the Office of Transit included on the declaration is different to the actual port of arrival in France. For example, Calais-port was included on the declaration but in check-in at Dover, the haulier decided to take a crossing that arrives in Dunkerque. HMRC are working with French Customs on this issue to make improvements as quickly as possible. 
Guidance is available here at - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/new-computerised-transit-system-enquiries
 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:58:02 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.17 Origin rules: We understand REX is not reciprocal to EU. But on imports As long as preference statement on invoice, this is sufficient for not paying duties, REX number is not required (can be sent retroactive) but: if an exporter does not include the REX number on the preference statement, but obtains it retrospectively – an amendment required, any guidance how would this be handled?
A. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-of-origin-for-goods-moving-between-the-uk-and-eu
UCC legislation requires that EU exporters must be REX registered (and therefore be in a position to enter a number on a statement on origin) on consignments over 6000 Euros. We are aware that there have been issues with EU businesses not having REX numbers because they haven't been registered by their authorities. 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:58:20 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.18 we have a lot of e commerce questions on B2C imports of wines and spirits, what are the tresholds not having to apply for licenses?
A. Please see guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-alcohol-into-the-uk 
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:58:36 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q19. I really need an answer about statements relating to country of origin
A. Guidance on statements in set out here in Section 2.3 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rules-of-origin-for-goods-moving-between-the-uk-and-eu
Posted Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:58:58 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Q.20 Are you aware of the Dover Port Health Authority's webpage on their site claiming the need for an electronic pre-notification on PHILIS? This was not something industry has been made aware of and is not in the border operating model as far as we can see.
A. DEFRA are aware of the issues, and are engaging with Dover PHA on their need for data collection for the purpose of preparing for the implementation of the new regime of checks on imports of animal products subject to SPS Controls. We will provide an update in due course. 

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