Regardless of Deal or No Deal, there will be some changes and disruption of shipments between the UK and continental Europe. Brexit is taking place against a background of existing port congestion, systems changes, carrier disruption and driver shortages.

As part of our planning for Brexit, in common with most companies we have prepared the following guide in the event of UK leaving EU and trading as a third country under WTO rules.

There is a large amount of advice being issued by the countries affected and links are attached at the end of the bulletin. Based on the current information, some important process changes are summarised in the table below:


  • Import clearance will be required
  • The UK will relax measures for imports generally except for controlled goods which may require pre-notification
  • Transitional Simplified Procedure (TSP) will be in place allowing for reduced declaration.
  • Postponed VAT accounting
  • UK will recognise of CE certification
  • Imports will be free to leave the port on arrival


  • Customs entry prior to cargo being loaded on vessel (RORO
  • Duties will be payable on exports as appropriate
  • Entry will form the basis of entry prenotification (ENS)
  • Importers must be registered (EORI)
  • Specific documentation for controlled goods should be in place so exporters must check with destination country that product certification is recognised.
  • Controlled goods include Food, Chemicals, Waste
  • All units arriving in EU will be placed in temporary storage until proof of customs status is provided by the importer or their agent

All steps are being taken by Braid UK to mitigate the impact of Brexit on our customers. We are already geared up to handle customs processes by whatever mode and we are working with customers to identify ways of minimising the risk to their supply chains by changing routes to market, transport mode and finding storage options

For further information please contact Martin Craghill and Jim Borland

The following links may also be helpful:

UK Pack:

NL Ro-Ro ports:

Zeebrugge Brexit information:

FR Customs information:

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