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7 Week Countdown - Are You Brexit Ready?

In 7 weeks, the transition period will end and with it significant changes to our current trading models will begin. 
Imports from the EU start with a phased approach from 1st January and will move to full controls for all goods from 1st July 2021.
Exports to the EU are required to follow and adopt full controls from the 1st January 2021.

Be ready to trade to and from Europe differently from January 2021.

Things to do to prepare your business for 2021:

  • Apply for a GB EORI Number
  • Organise for a Customs Intermediary to act on your behalf (see below)
  • You can apply for a Duty Deferment Account (if duty is applicable to your goods)
  • Prepare to pay or account for VAT on imported goods
  • Know the commodity code(s) for your goods
  • Check the customs tariff to establish duty rates for your products


  • Have expanded our already established and experienced in house customs clearance departments to handle your clearance needs
  • Are already AEO accredited, meaning we are a trader trusted by HMRC
  • Have made all our hubs ETSF approved providing you with complete flexibility
  • Have further developed our IT systems providing you with better visibility and control

Nominating Woodland as your Customs Intermediary is simple and easy to do.

We need from you:

  • Completion of the Woodland AEO / Direct representation form – please contact us to receive this
  • Deferment authorisation form – this needs to include the information listed here
  • Confirmation if you’ll be using Postponed VAT accounting or CFSP EIDR procedures (learn more on this here)


  • Full shipment details (Including pieces, gross weight, nett weight and dimensions of packaging) - Remember any wood packaging (non-processed wood, ie pallet bases) must be ISPM 15 heat treated from 1st January 2021
  • Full shipper & consignee name and address
  • EORI number
  • Commercial invoice, which must include:
    • Buyer & Seller names and addresses
    • VAT Numbers
    • HS Codes of your products, itemised
    • Incoterms of sale
    • Commercial value of the goods, including currency
    • Country of Origin
    • Goods Description
    • Gross & Nett weight
    • Invoice number & date of invoice
  • Confirmation that your customer or supplier in the EU has a Customs Intermediary. For full loads, confirmation of the clearance point.
  • Completion of the Woodland Direct Representation/AEO form when we’re acting on your behalf as a customs intermediary

Imports to the UK:

  • Deferment account authorisation (see above – or ask us for our template)
  • Confirmation if you will be wanting to use Postponed VAT accounting, or if you have applied for CFSP EIDR (deferred customs entries and taxes/duties for the 1st 6 months)

For an overview of actions and impact on NI and Rep of Ireland, please head here. 

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