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How will Brexit affect me?

Brexit Preparations

The date upon which the United Kingdom finally leaves the European Union and whether that departure is with or without a Withdrawal Agreement in place is still unknown. Advice on this page will be updated if and when more information becomes available.

Advice for freight customers in the event of a hard Brexit:

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal in place, as things stand, there will be no 'transition period' and hence Customs controls will be in place with immediate effect. PRIOR to arrival at the port of embarkation, the following procedures will apply:

Exports from UK > Imports into France & Spain

Hauliers and commercial drivers: You will need new documents to transport goods into the EU after Brexit

All vehicles presented for shipment must have a Movement Reference Number (MRN) for each consignment. The MRN is the proof that the import/export goods have been declared in the customs system. Drivers should have been provided with this by the exporter or their agent. A bar code will have been provided, which must be scanned at check-in. The only exceptions are for empty vehicles, ATA, TIR or postal goods. Vehicles carrying goods that will be presented to BIP (SIVEP in France) for clearance will not need a separate MRN, but will need to make this sanitary declaration a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Vehicles presented for shipment without the required MRN will not be permitted to ship.

Additionally, a Safety and Security Declaration must be logged with customs for all consignments. Brittany Ferries must be satisfied that this requirement has been met before loading will be authorised.

Imports into UK > Exports from France or Spain

All goods leaving the EU require a customs declaration to be made and whilst we understand that UK's HMRC is not proposing to make checks at the UK border, liability will nonetheless exist in respect of making the proper declarations. Brittany Ferries will need to have a reasonable belief that such declarations have been made. The requirement for a Safety and Security declaration has been deferred for the first six months after Brexit.

Further information can be found on the following links:

https://www.douane.gouv.fr/fiche/smart-border

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831190/transporting-goods-between-the-uk-and-eu-in-a-no-deal-brexit-guidance-for-hauliers.pdf