23rd May 2018
17th April 2018
Venue: Triumph Motorcycles, Hinckley
John Griffiths, HMRC – ITDLO – an update on CDS and Brexit
EU Exit and Customs (click title to download the presentation)
Lancaster House Speech - the UK will pursue a new strategic partnership with the EU, including an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and new customs agreement. This will seek to ensure that cross-border trade with the EU is as friction-less and seamless as possible.”
A White Paper was released by the Government called ‘ The UK’s exit from and new partnership with the EU. Point 8 stating ‘We will forge a new strategic partnership with the EU, including a wide reaching, bold and ambitious free trade agreement, and will seek a mutually beneficial new customs agreement with the EU.’
15th August saw ‘A Future Partnership’ Paper being published
The government has a vision of a highly streamlined arrangement which will simplify requirements. New technology will be implemented – CDS was mentioned. There is however no other new regarding any other new technology.
Comments from traders regarding the ‘New Customs Partnership’ - One potential approach would involve the UK mirroring the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world where their final destination is the EU – Most traders felt it was a nice idea but seemed very naive of Customs to think that removing the need for a UK-EU border was going to be friction-less. The practicality of it is very limited given timescales involved.
The Interim Period (Transitional period) will run from 01/04/2019 – 31/12/2020 although there is still little to go on as to what this actually means.
The implementation of BREXIT will mean that HMRC will legislate for a new customs regime to be in place by March 2019.
Traders pointed out that they feel like they don’t know what they are planning for.
The Governments Contingency scenario is quoted as follows:
CDS Update (click title to download the presentation)
Draft Volume 3 – Imports CDS tariff publication was in March. Consists of:
Draft Volume 3 – Exports due autumn 2018 and will be parallel to imports
Rewrite of Volume 1 but small changes expected such as changing CHIEF to CDS
Key Changes to Declarations – see slide 4, 5 and 6 on CDS presentation
CDS help and supports available:
Nicola Haynes, KPMG – UCC Transitional Period
Letters are being sent out to traders who have old approvals explaining what they need to do.
Customs Comprehensive Guarantees are now required when traders reapply
Traders stated they had submitted their re-approval and received a response in good time.
Traders expressed a concern that various levels of AEO audits have taken place recently with some taking only a few hours and others taking months.
Businesses were reminded that if AEO approved that they must inform HMRC of any significant changes to the business.
Companies reported the CCG’s were causing financial impacts to businesses with one trader even going so far as to state they wouldn’t bother with a Customs Warehouse any more as the costs were just too high.
Customs Information Papers released since last meeting
The general response to this question was that the goods should have been declared to include the value of the goods.
Next Meeting Date
The meeting originally set for 27th June 2018 has been cancelled, the new date is 12th September 2018 at Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. Hinckley.