The provisional brexit agreement between the government of the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) is a step in the right direction, evofenedex believes. Yet there are still some uncertainties. For example, the British House of Commons must first approve the provisional agreement on Saturday. Until then, a no-deal scenario on 31 October is still not excluded.

At the end of last year, the EU and the UK, then with Therese May as prime minister, also reached an agreement. That was voted down three times in the British Parliament this spring. Bart Jan Koopman, director of evofenedex, therefore also has a hard time. “The British parliament can still throw a spanner in the works and we still have to assess the watertightness of the agreements made. A step in the right direction has been taken, but we are certainly not rich. "

Transitional period
The major advantage of a Brexit deal would be that for direct trade between the EU and the UK a transitional period will come into effect on 31 October, so that no changes will occur in daily trading practice. The provisional agreement also includes an article on extending the transitional period by one or two years, ie until December 2022. The postponement granted earlier now leaves only fourteen months for negotiations on the new relationship. The EU and UK want to conclude a free trade agreement, and that can take some time. Therefore, at the request of one of the parties, the transitional period can in principle be extended by one or two years if the other party agrees.

Brexit will also be central during the European summit in Brussels with government leaders over the next two days. evofenedex closely follows the various decision-making procedures. In addition, we identify the possible consequences of the preliminary agreement for trade and production companies.

Strong increase of declarations expected

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. 

Changes transport and logistics

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

Take action!

Follow these steps to check if you are ready.

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.

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