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Brexit: A Three-Phased Bon Voyage

After more than three years of uncertainty and disagreement, Brexit finally occurred on January 31, 2020, separating the UK from the EU. On June 12, 2020, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, formally notified the EU that the UK will neither accept nor seek any extension to the transition period, which will end at the end of this year. Consequently, UK border controls and customs procedures will come into effect on January 1, 2021. Temporary measures in the field of customs will allow for a gradual transition in three stages during the first half of 2021 before full UK border controls are implemented on July 1, 2021.


As of January 31, 2020, the UK is no longer a Member State of the EU and no longer participates in the EU’s decision-making processes but remains in the EU Customs Union and Single Market throughout the transition period ending December 31, 2020. This means that goods, persons, and capital can still move freely between the EU and the UK with no change. After the transition period, customs formalities and controls will apply in a graduated fashion, with full controls taking effect on July 1, 2021. Even if the EU and UK conclude a Free Trade Agreement, customs formalities and checks will apply to the movements of goods between the two parties. Companies need to prepare for the fact that exporting to the UK will be like exporting to any other third country: customs declarations will need to be filed, new authorisations will be required, customs procedures will need to be followed, and operations will undergo checks and controls. We can help you prepare, to make sure you are ready on Brexit day.

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1 Way to Minimise Delays

Instead of using third parties to manage your customs declarations or have them manually prepared by your internal customs team, use a modern, automated solution that centralises all related data in one single platform. Our customs compliance software, CAS, provides you with a holistic view of all your inbound and outbound shipments. Based on this data, (UK) customs declarations are automatically generated by the system and sent to the customs authorities with the click of a button. As declarations are automatically generated, trucks are released faster at the borders, drastically reducing waiting times and minimising delays. Manual interactions are only needed in case of exceptions, allowing your customs team to focus on growing the business instead of fire-fighting to resolve errors. Our customs compliance solution  manages all legal requirements for you, so you are always up-to-date, without the hassle of continuously following the news.

3 Options to Save Costs

Our zero-touch customs compliance solution CAS will help you to save costs by:

  1. Automating your (UK) customs declarations. This allows you to free-up in-house resources and cut the costs of third parties and customs brokers.
  2. Standardising processes that can cut red tape.
  3. Using optimisations such as Special Procedures to obtain significant savings in customs duty.

5 Steps to Get Started!

If your current or foreseeable trade flows across the Channel, it is time to get in touch with experts and start looking for a modern customs solution that can help your business stay agile and be ready as soon the full details of Brexit are known.

Our in-house customs experts can help you to:

  • Define your flows to and from the UK
  • Distinguish flows by transport mode, e.g., accompanied truck, unaccompanied, container, and ports of entry/exit
  • Quantify those flows
  • Advice how to efficiently manage your customs processes
  • Guide you through our customs solution CAS, that automates your customs procedures from end to end,  sharing data with customs authorities, business partners, and Port Community Systems


Read our Brexit Quick Start Guide to help you prepare! 

CAS: A Market-Leading Option

Discover CAS, our software solution that automates your customs declarations. CAS is Brexit-proof since it is already compatible with CDS - the future HMRC IT system – and has single message/double filing functionality. With one single message, CAS is simultaneously addressing export customs formalities from the country of departure (UK or EU) and import formalities in the country of destination (UK or EU), combined with transit to ensure frictionless border crossing. 

Next to this functionality, CAS is integrated with the UK, Belgian, Dutch, French and Swiss customs authorities as well with customs brokers globally. These integrations make CAS the only customs platform you need, taking care of your customs formalities by either filing them directly to the respective customs authority or by providing the information to a customs broker who will finalise the filing process. You will get an overview of all customs formalities lodged, independent of import/export country, all incorporated into the dashboards and analytics available through our Insights module.

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Guidance for your business

Whether you are looking for software to optimise your customs declarations, you are investigating the different options to import and export after Brexit or need help with UK VAT requirements, our customs experts can help you. Contact us today.


  • 23.09.2020 -  A Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for borders at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, has been published by the UK Government. 

  • 15.09.2020 - HMRC letters to VAT-registered businesses in Northern Ireland and Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to prepare for processes while moving goods, from 1 January 2021. 

  • 11.09.2020 - The UK has secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion.

  • 10.08.2020 - A major £650m package of investment to help traders in Northern Ireland was announced. It underlines the absolute commitment to the people and businesses of Northern Ireland as we move towards the end of the transition period.
  • 13.07.2020 - The UK government has published a new Border Operating Model, providing clarity and certainty for the border industry and businesses, including technical details on how the border with the EU will work after the transition period and the actions that need to be taken.
  • 13.07.2020 - Michael Gove on EU Exit preparations: "To bring financial support, further clarity and also reassurance for business and citizens, we are launching a public information campaign as well as an operating model for the border".
  • 12.07.2020 - UK government announced a £705 million Brexit funding package to upgrade existing port infrastructure, to build new infrastructure inland to alleviate congestion in ports including Dover and Holyhead, to upgrade HMRC systems and increase staffing at the border. According to The Guardian, the UK Government will soon publish a new document on post-Brexit import/export.

  • 19.06.2020 - In the field of export controls, the UK Government published an update of the UK sanctions regimes which includes a list of the targeted countries and restricted transactions. Currently, the UK implements the EU sanctions regime but that will stop as of January 1, 2020. UKGOV stated that it plans to remain aligned with the EU sanctions regime which provides for some continuity post Brexit.
  • 16.06.2020 - UK and EU leaders said new momentum is needed in negotiations on their future relationship, after high-level talks on Monday. They agreed to intensify talks in July and to find an "early understanding of the principles" underlying any deal.  Mr. Johnson made it clear that the UK is ready to start trading on World Trade Organisation rules from January 1, 2020, if a deal cannot be reached.

  • 12.06.2020 - The Cabinet Office announced a three-staged approach on border controls for EU goods imported into the UK that will be introduced at the end of the transition period. The stages will be phased in up to the summer of 2021, regardless of whether a deal is done with the EU or not.

  • 12.06.2020 - UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove announced he has "formally confirmed" to the EU that the transition period will not be extended, adding that the "moment" for an extension has "now passed". Reacting to this statement, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Brussels has always been open to an extension.
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About CAS

CAS offers the customs manager a SaaS solution to turn customs and trade compliance into valuable services

enabling the customs managers to shape and run their customs accounting services, unshackle data, provide strategic insights and truly collaborate with business partners

The days are over to worry about duty and administration costs, firefighting changing legal requirements and business dynamics 

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