Yesterday evening, January 15, the United Kingdom voted no to the current Brexit deal. With May's words in mind, 'my deal or no deal', the 'no-deal' scenario is increasingly plausible.
With a 'no deal Brexit' the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern-Ireland - will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. This means that they step out of the internal market and customs union. As a result of this departure, the United Kingdom will become a country outside the EU and other agreements will apply than within the EU. For example, customs controls, regulations for import and export of products and quality requirements.
The Dutch Customs expects that the number of import declarations will increase by 732,000 per year. We expect that there will be many SME's that are now faced, for the first time, with the supply of documents that have to be requested at the Chamber of Commerce and or Customs. There is only one good approach to prepare for Brexit.
After Brexit you will have to deal with the British and Dutch Customs. In order to prevent delays, it is important to have the customs forms in order before Brexit starts. If you are not sure what impact Brexit has on your company, you can do the Brexit Impact Scan.
1. Do you have an EORI number?
If you do not have an EORI number, you can compose it yourself. The number always starts with NL on which you follow your RSIN number. The EORI number must be 9 digits. If this is not the case, add zeros between NL and the RSIN number until the EORI number contains 9 digits.
2. Make sure you can submit a declaration to Customs.
In the export process, it is very important that you have the right documents. You can request these documents from us (ExportData). There are several export documents available:
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