In our fourth key Brexit collaboration meeting we find things are relatively quiet still, though challenges remain around getting to grips with health and rule of origin documentation.
Goods Are Flowing But There Are Challenges Ahead
- Rules of origin - the granularity of detail for these calculations is testing many technical and procurement functions, but is central to being able to prove whether products are duty-exempt or not. This is possibly THE most pressing issue for companies who have yet to clarify whether their products are exempt or not - If in doubt, fast-track your analysis now to prove whether duty is payable or not.
- T1 certification requirements and the VAT guarantee required to move goods across Europe - There are few smaller hauliers willing or able to take financial responsibility for a potential VAT liability for a movement requiring a T1 certificate. This is significantly reducing the pool of trailers and vehicles willing to deliver into or out of the UK which is inevitably causing prices to rise, along with the existing concerns about the impact of delays due to documentation and inspections.
- Health Certificates - whilst the simplified procedures suggested that an umbrella self-certification statement would suffice for imports, the recent clarification is moving towards the need for a daily certification statement required for any movements, which is causing delays and an additional administrative burden on top of an already bureaucratic process - a further impact on order lead-time is likely and it is yet another opportunity for inspections to cause delay.
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