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.