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  • RE: 20 July 2021 -All Stakeholder Event with Lord Agnew

    Q.3 An observation : whilst simplifying the guidance to give an overview is acceptable. It should be regarded as an introduction , not a replacement for the detailed guidance that is required, for instance on customs intermediaries. We have seen many essential Public Notices withdrawn and not replaced. HMRC refer us to the guidance which simply lack the detail that is necessary to assist clients and complete customs declartaions correctly. This is a frequent observation/complaint from BIFA Members. A. For HMRC guidance, HMRC are keen to listen to BIFA feedback and get the balance right. BIFA are a key partner working with HMRC on guidance and that input is much appreciated.
  • RE: 20 July 2021 -All Stakeholder Event with Lord Agnew

    Q2. A technical point, sorry, but can we please ensure pre-declared goods on vessels at temporary storage ports are 'arrived' at point of no return as GVMS goods will be to avoid delays and ensure level competitive playing field. A. Under the Temporary Storage model we will allow GVMS to be used to control goods at Temporary Storage berths but only for RoRo accompanied movements, which would enable you to arrive these goods at the latest point of no return. We are however restricting this easement to accompanied RoRo movements and unaccompanied goods will not be allowed to be controlled by GVMS at TS berths. Unaccompanied goods will still however be able to be pre-lodged into TS.
  • 20 July 2021 -All Stakeholder Event with Lord Agnew

    Q1. There appear to be problems with IPAFFs which could restrict the flow of crucial data to BCP's. Also some BCP's are yet to be built with less than 6 months to go. Will the transition be extended? If not what are the contingencies? A. The simplified pre-notification process that POAO traders will use from October does not go directly to the BCPs as traders are able to enter at any Point of Entry and do not have to route through a designated BCP until 1st January 2022. From the 1st of January when BCP routing requirements and inspections at the PoE are introduced, PHA’s / LA’s operating the BCP will have direct access into IPAFFS to see all relevant notifications, and this is an established process already used for third country imports. BCP designation progress is monitored closely and we expect all BCPs to be ready by 1st January.
  • RE: Do I need a T1?

    Thank you for your question, we are unable to comment on commercial decisions and costs of shipping, transit is a procedure that allows goods to move between two points in a customs territory without paying tariffs and taxes at each point, but a guarantee is required to secure all charges on the goods. If you want to move the goods using the T1 Transit process we are unable to comment however this will be your own commercial decision for your business however in order to use the transit procedure the declarations must be submitted electronically via the NCTS system, link enclosed Use the New Computerised Transit System - GOV.UK ( If these items are being sent by post, I enclose a link that might prove useful. A CN22 form will be required for goods under £270 and a CN23 for goods over Further details are enclosed I attach a link for transit procedures to the EU If you are moving multiple items together you may be able to move these goods together as a single transit movement under one declaration. You could apply under an Authorised Consignor status, which enables movements to start at an exporter’s own approved premises, link enclosed Alternatively, your goods could be placed into one consignment with others reaching the same destination under the “Groupage” approach. Further details of this is on Page 173 however the comments above is solely commercial decisions to make based on your business model.
  • RE: EIDR

    Thank you for your post. You can find guidance here:
  • RE: goods T1

    Thank you for your post. Non-compliance with the requirements of the Common Transit (‘CTC’) procedure may result in penalties, where appropriate. Where a CTC movement has not been discharged in accordance with the requirements of the procedure, and/or any other non-compliance with those requirements has occurred, you should contact the declared HMRC office of Destination for guidance as soon as you become aware of it, or the supervising office in the case of an Authorised Consignee.
  • RE: "New" Additives/E number Declaration for Spanish Customs

    Thank you for your post. Please see the below link below for Defra's AHR FAQs: In particular if your food item is a composite product: EU legislation is clear in that it says all the POAO and products of plant origin ingredients need to be listed indicating their percentage and nature in descending order of weight. Recent EU guidance suggest though that it is acceptable to group the different types of ingredients (e.g. plant, dairy) when providing this information. If you have specific questions about the format of the information ,it would make sense to speak with the BCP. Please see further information here:
  • "New" Additives/E number Declaration for Spanish Customs

    Hi, I have been told by my customer in Spain that I must declare the weight (mg) of the E numbers that are in our food product. Is this correct because I haven't been asked for it before. Does anyone know if this is correct please? I ask because a number of the ingredients don't state the weight of any E numbers just the % value. Many thanks for any advice
  • RE: IP Prior export with triangulation (TORO)

    Thank you for your post. HMRC provided guidance has been undergoing a transformation project. The content of notices such as the PN3001 and PN 221 are now covered by a series of guides. There is no intention of re-instating the two notices you refer to. Special Procedures guides can be accessed through the links provided below: & 2). The transfer of goods in a triangular prior export equivalence transaction should be (as it always has been) under a TORO. Instead of using an INF5 document to facilitate the TORO, as part of the TORO authorisation process the authorisation should detail the information that will be included in the commercial records and any commercial document used. This would need to include at least the level of information that was previously included in an INF5 document.
  • RE: Importing Skincare Products

    Thank you for your post. This is how we propose to respond to this, but would ask if you have any OGD contacts to run this past, it would be worthwhile; For goods moving across the GB Border, these will need to follow the customs processes as set out here: and ensuring export/import declarations requirements are met with accurate details of the goods being moved.