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  • RE: 20 January 2020

    Q.4 How many turnbacks were there yesterday? A. Commercially sensitive however 4% turnback at short straits
  • RE: 20 January 2020

    Q.3 Unaccompanied freight is getting stuck at UK ports, as ports’ software system is unable to identify where the specific container is located on the port to allow for its release and clearance through customs. This has been an issue since the end of transition period and new software went live. This is primarily affecting movement of raw materials. Can this shortcoming in IT system be investigated?
    A. Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) 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
  • RE: 20 January 2020

    Q.2 What is the situation of traffic flowing in? What is being done to ensure that EU carriers continue to serve the UK, which some of them seem reluctant to do now?
    A. Inbound volumes are increasing day by day approaching the same levels as this time last year. 
  • 20 January 2020

    Q.1 We asked about issues surrounding PEACH and plant health on 12 January. That questions has not been answered yet. We now have reports that PEACH is not notifying inspectors (SASA) of PEACH entries. Can you clarify please?
    A. PEACH is used for Scottish importers using POD functionality for Plants for planting coming from the EU only. PEACH is not used for other imports for SASA Inspectors. 
  • Importing frozen prawns

    1.items such as the frozen prawns from Thailand shipped to the UK There is no further processing, sometimes these products are labelled but the main aim is to supply the GB warehouses and then export part of the original order via GB to France, Iceland and Spain. Our normal scenario would be 20 pallets into GB and export 1 pallet to each EU location, the remaining 17 pallets would be for our GB warehouses. Previously the product would take the status of a 3rd country and such a product cannot be certified by the British authorities (ie the official veterinarian in the UK). Not unless the product is being processed further in an establishment in the United Kingdom, but then the product will be changed so that it will be marked with the approval number of the relevant establishment in the United Kingdom (as a 3-state product). Can the product be certified by the British authorities to enable export to the EU? If not, what would the new process be? 2.Previously the product would take the status of a 3rd country and such a product cannot be certified by the British authorities (ie the official veterinarian in the UK). Not unless the product is being processed further in an establishment in the United Kingdom, but then the product will be changed so that it will be marked with the approval number of the relevant establishment in the United Kingdom (as a 3-state product). But we do not do any further processing. However, we would like to import, and export part of the original order via GB to France, Iceland and Spain. Our normal scenario would be 20 pallets into GB and export 1 pallet to each EU location, the remaining 17 pallets would be for our GB warehouses. Can the export be certified by the British authorities (ie the official veterinarian in the UK)? If not what would be the process??"
  • RE: VAT being charged at 5.%%

    Thank you for your post. From the information provided, I have assumed that VAT is being charged at 5.5% by an EU Member State / EU VAT-registered business, as there is no such VAT rate in the UK. If this is the case then we cannot comment on the VAT treatment, as this would need to be clarified with the VAT authorities in the relevant EU Member State. From 1 January 2021, UK businesses that wish to claim back VAT incurred on expenses in the EU will have to use the existing processes for non-EU businesses. As this varies across the EU, they will need to follow the procedure set out by the country from which they’re making the clam. Please refer to the following guidance for further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/refunds-of-uk-vat-for-non-uk-businesses-or-eu-vat-for-uk-businesses
  • RE: 19 January 2021

    Q.5 Is there an invitation being issued for the call on 27th Jan to cover NL/BE markets and guidance forum? Thank You A. This is the link to the sign up page for the event on 27 Jan and we will circulate the invitation through the usual routes https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/movement-of-goods-through-non-short-straits-roro-locations-in- north-europe-tickets-137421325885"
  • RE: 19 January 2021

    Q.4 Do we know from HMRC at what point we will be able submit supplementary declarations to TSS/CDS? Our members are getting concerned about the build up and would like to tackle these as soon as possible. A. HMRC is working with the TSS consortium to develop the supplementary declaration process as a priority. Our target date for this process to be available is early February. We will keep TSS users up to date as this progresses and give them as much notice as possible so they can prepare for the functionality going live.
  • RE: 19 January 2021

    Q.3 We are hearing of lots of issues related to traders and intermediaries that are trying to increase their transit guarantee. What is the SLA for turnaround on guarantee amounts, how many requests are queued and what is being done to address the delay?
    A. Transit Guarantees
    In order for a trader to start a movement under Transit in the UK they must have a Transit Guarantee registered on NCTS and linked to the EORI that they are using to start the transit movement. This has always been the case and no change has been made to this requirement. This guarantee must be sufficent to cover the maximum amount of duties suspended under transit at any single point of time. The duty is calculated according to the tariff of the country of departure without taking into account any preferences. Again this position has not changed. 
    On the 14 January the NCTS system was updated to require traders to enter a value for the level of duties deferred under each movement when they lodge their declarations onto NCTS. This change allowed NCTS to track each traders usage of their guarantee, and would prevent traders from starting new movements if the guarantee they have registered on NCTS was not sufficient. 
    Communication of the change
    This update affected traders using dedicated NCTS software packages only, and was communicated to all software providers and industry contacts who develop software in house. The details were also published on GOV.UK in the Community, Common Transit and TIR Newsletters both in November 2020 and then reiterated again in January 2021.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-common-transit-and-tir-newsletters/newsletter-3-november-2020
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-common-transit-and-tir-newsletters/newsletter-2-january-2021
    CCG Guarantee applications
    There are no backlogs of applications and the HMRC team are working to process all urgently, but please note;
    HMRC operate as a CTC regulator and cannot increase guarantees without the relevant paperwork which underwrites the debt by the bank or financial institution.
    Additional asks on paperwork/information should be returned as quickly as possible to avoid delay. 
     
     
  • RE: 19 January 2021

    Q.2 Are we seeing normal volumes of cargo now going through please? A. The overall picture remains the same: there was a drop in numbers crossing the border over the weekend (16/01 and 17/01) as usual - but still up week on week. We think we should hit historical flow levels this week if patterns continue.