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26 Jan, 2021

2021 has started with a lot of turmoil due to Brexit. It has since long been clear that there will be customs clearance between the EU and the UK in 2021, yet many companies have been unprepared.The goods flow to and from the UK have been slow and probably there will be problems before the routines come into place. It is important to notice that in terms of customs, the UK is now equal to any non-European country, customs handling is not less complicated. All parties are now charging fees for this handling. In the future our customers will be asked to submit a customs authorization if Scanlink is to make the customs clearance.

Import - the agreement states that no customs duty is levied if the goods meet the conditions of origin and that this can be proven. A declaration of origin is required, which is written on the invoice or on another document that describes the goods in sufficient detail.

Export - you need to apply to the Swedish Customs in order to become a registered exporter and to obtain a Rex number. An origin declaration must be established if the value of the goods exceeds 6,000 Euros.

For those of you who import / export food and agricultural products - the goods may require a permit alt. licenses in the future. In 2021, the international standard ISPM 15 will also apply to all wooden packaging when trading with the United Kingdom.

It is very important that your invoice is correct, it must in addition to the usual information contain:
• Address information and organization number (VAT) for both the Swedish and the British company
• Number of packages and type of packaging
• Weight, gross and net
• Product description and HS code
• Value of goods and currency
• Incoterms with location
• Country of origin and declaration of origin, dated and signed if the product is from EU / SE.

Scanlink has long experience of handling different customs procedures to and from different countries around the world. With us, you are in safe hands even after Brexit. As always, just get in touch if you have any questions about your transports.

14 Dec, 2020

2021 is fast approaching with new challenges. Everyone is probably well aware of the Brexit situation. Regardless of the outcome of the ongoing negotiations, there will be customs clearance between the EU and the UK in 2021. We assume that there will be some problems before the handling comes into place. To quote Douglas Bannister, CEO Port of Dover: "I am very, very confident that there will be no disruption on January 1st, primarily because it's a bank holiday. But January 2nd may be a different question."

It is important to review how your business is affected. For companies importing / exporting food and agricultural products, it is important to notice that licenses may be required in the future. From January the international standard ISPM 15 will apply for all wooden packaging when trading with the UK. Almost all countries require wooden packaging that complies with the standard, the EU requires this for wooden packaging from countries outside the EU. The requirements will now also apply for the UK.

Scanlink has a long experience of handling different customs procedures to and from different countries around the world, also from the time before the EU became a customs union. With us, you are in safe hands even after the introduction of Brexit. As always, just contact us if you have any questions regarding your transport.

07 Dec, 2020

Latest news regarding the seafreight situation: we have received information that it is possible to book a so-called Shipping Guarantee at same shipping lines. This means that at an extra cost you will be ensured that your shipment is protected from any rollovers or cancelations from the initially booked vessel after having received your booking confirmation. This may be an option if you have an extra important shipment you want to secure.
Do you have questions about other options for your transport? Contact us!

24 Nov, 2020

We have now received the December rates from the shipping lines and all increase their rates in a way we have never seen before. It is a consistent picture where prices are at least more than doubled compared to the November rates, but where some shipping lines almost triple their prices. The shortage of containers and the blank sailings have emerged due to the economic situation following the Corona epidemic. It is difficult to book space, which in turn can create delays in the future and since we do not see an end date for the effects of the epidemic, it is possible that the tight situation and the rate levels will remain for a number of months.

Feel free to look at the link below for a quick account of the current situation:

Why container shortage

As always, we focus on creating the best solution for your transport.

Do you have questions about other options for your transport such as air or rail? Contact Us!

10 Nov, 2020

The past days we have received several indications that the shipping lines now are starting to act regarding the Far East. The shortage of containers is increasing in Asia and there is a great shortage of units in all base ports. This leads to difficulties to secure space on the available departures which can create delays in the future. We also notice that the shipping lines are starting to charge PSS - Peak Season Surcharge and EIS - Equipment Imbalance Surcharge, especially on 40 high cube.

We are therefore focusing extra on securing equipment and space, trying to creating the best solution for your transport.

Do you have questions about other options for your transport such as air or  rail? Contact Us!

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