BREXIT: No Deal, Hard Border

According to the votes in UK Parliament last week the likelihood of a “No Deal” Brexit on the 29th March has been reduced – but is still not completely off the table. This will depend on a possible further vote on the existing government deal which has so far failed to get acceptance, and if this does not pass, or is not put to a vote, the willingness of the combined EU governments to grant an extension to Article 50, which is the mechanism for the UK to negotiate withdrawal from the EU.

With every update we can only continue to prepare as far as possible for every eventuality.


In a no deal scenario, EORI numbers must be held by importers and provided to carriers. Traders can also register to use TSP (transitional simplified procedures) to delay the need for full declarations when importing goods from the EU into the UK at RoRo locations. These will be reviewed 3 to 6 months after March 29, 2019 with HMRC providing a 12 month notice period when this policy changes. Many matters are still under discussion with policy and procedural changes expected.


1. Send us your EU EORI number

If you currently partake in the import or export of goods into or out of the EU and would like to continue to do so, you need to apply for an EORI “Economic Operators Registration and Identification” number – a basic requirement for continuing physical trade of goods with the EU. We urge traders to apply as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so – apply here.

Already have an EORI number? Please send this to us by email

2. Advise the details of your local customs clearance agent

Use a local agent? We can help with this if you are not sure how to proceed, or if you do not have an agent in place. Please contact us if you need our advice or recommendation.

More questions? Contact one of our offices today

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