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Q29 DEFRA indicated that where EU goods are imported and consolidated in the UK and re-exported to the EU(e.g. ROI), that those EU originating goods would be subject to EU tariffs on import into the ROI. Is that correct? If so it will impact a number of supply chains.
A. Yes, that is correct however you be able to claim a relief and pay less customs duty and VAT. The Returned Goods Relief guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-less-import-duty-and-vat-when-re-importing-goods-to-the-uk-and-eu
Q28. Will redirect my email - some traders in GB moving SPS goods to NI have assumed the grace period announced just before Christmas covered all formalities. To date several major food (and pet food) retailers have had loads detained upon arrival due to no CHED entry. We have arranged for briefings for our retailers with DAERA and reminding members – but please can BPDG review and reissue guidance to help reduce this issue?
A. The 3-month grace period from certification through to 1 April 2021is only for authorised traders such as supermarkets and thier trusted suppliers. If you're moving composite products from GB to NI, you will not require official certification, such as export health certificates, phytosanitary certificates or marketing standards certification.
The government will not discriminate against smaller suppliers or between different companies in implementing these practical measures. You can find further information on the grace period here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-or-move-composite-food-products#export-or-move-composite-food-products-from-gb-to-the-eu-or-ni
You can also contact the Movement Assistance Scheme helpline for further support on moving goods to NI. You can call them on: 0330 0416 580. For more information on the Movement Assistance Scheme please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/movement-assistance-scheme-get-help-with-moving-agrifood-goods-to-northern-ireland
Q27. How must to be declared the empty containers moved by train (UK to EU)? 2- what about the Returnable goods?
A. 1. A six month waiver on safety&security declarations (usually a requirement) was announced https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-out-when-to-make-an-exit-summary-declaration 2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-less-import-duty-and-vat-when-re-importing-goods-to-the-uk-and-eu
Q26. What has been the turnback rate?
Q25. What happens to driver if they test positive both GB and foreign drivers
A. Drivers who test positive will be offered Covid secure accomodation to self isolate
Q24. What are the rules re Wooden packing materials from EU. We are advised in the event of no deal heat treatment was required however what is the impact of the FTA.
A. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-or-export-wood-packaging-material updated answer- All wood packaging material moving between GB and the EU and between the EU and GB must be treated and appropriately marked in compliance with international standards (ISPM 15). This is in line with international requirements for trade and is in place to protect both the EU and GB from harmful plant pests and diseases.
Further guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-or-export-wood-packaging-material
Q23. what about Covid testing for Irish Freight drivers who use the landbridge via Dover. Where do they get tested and is this information relayed via Irish Government?
A. Irish hauliers will need to get tested outside of Kent
Q22. We need to list the BCP code for Calais Eurotunnel as part of the export procedure for POAO. Can anyone help in providing this? The Commission's list of BCPs still does not list Calais Eurotunnel.
A. Updated Answer
The BCP code for Calais Port and the Eurotunnel BCP at Bolounge-Sur-Mer is FRCQF1.
Q21. we have reports on restricitive number of lines submitting ICS Security declarations (100 lines) towards Ireland number of lines allowed for PBN is this something that you can pick up in your communication, express typically has mutliple thousands of lines to be submitted therefore perceived a bottle neck
A. If you carry goods from GB to Ireland using a RoRo ferry service (accompanied or unaccompanied), a PBN must be submittedto Irish Customs. This notification must be submitted using information provided by the importer. However, the PBN may be created by anyone in the supply chain that has the required information. Vehicles will not be allowed to board ferries in GB without a valid PBN. PBNs are created on Irish Revenue's Customs RoRo Service.
Irish Revenue has also set up a dedicated email support service to deal with all PBN related queries at customsPBN@revenue.ie
Irish Revenue put a temporary arrangement in place that allowed for the creation of a PBN for goods movements that began before the end of the transition period (31 December) and ended after that date. This temporary arrangement is no longer available for sailings departing GB on or after 18:00 hours on 5 January 2021.
Irish Revenue has issued a press release with advice to haulier and truck driver moving goods from GB into Irish ports. Full details are available here: https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/press-releases/2021/pr-010521-advice-hauliers-goods-gb-irish-ports.aspx
A PBN user guide has been added to their website. This available on https://www.revenue.ie/en/online-services/support/documents/help-guides/ros/pbn-user-guide.pdf and a video https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/customs-electronic-systems/customs-roro-service/pre-boarding-notification.aspx
Q20. We have had various feedbacks from customers having difficulties creating GMRs, apparently due to system issues with or between TSS and GVMS - I'm sure this is for a range of reasons and maybe 'systems' is a red herring, but is it possible to have system statuses for all UKG customs-related systems all in one place, so we can filter these queries?
A. HMRC answered on the call as follows : GVMS is operating fully and as expected. There have been some issues with users lodging the wrong carrier / haulier details with TSS which has led to them not getting the right EORI number back to put into the GMR. TSS are contacting all users affected by this to resolve.