Article: Customs Union Brexit Impact - World Courier's Preparations

By World Courier |

Preparation and Risk Mitigation to Minimize Impact on our Customers and their Patients

Effective 31st January 2020, the UK left the EU and entered a transition period until the 31st December 2020. The country will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market until the 1st January 2021. As a result, there will be no immediate impact in terms of customs charges or applicable duties to shipments between the UK and EU.
Border controls for EU goods imported into Great Britain will be introduced beginning 1st January 2021. Under the revised plan, checks on goods entering Britain will be phased-in in three stages up to the summer of 2021, giving businesses affected by coronavirus more time to prepare. 

In light of the short, medium and long term changes expected to result from Brexit, World Courier has:

Increased investments in Dublin facilities to serve customers moving their operations to Ireland
Ensured that mainland Europe has sufficient capacity for UK operations
Expanded our in-house brokerage teams in the UK and across the EU to provide you with a detailed understanding of local customs and regulatory requirements 

Road imports into UK will require a Good Movement Reference (GMR) that will consolidate an entry number, transit reference, safety and security reference. This will be applicable from 1 July 2020. 

World Courier’s specialist teams are trained on all new requirements relating to the EU-UK movements of goods, which will also be incorporated into our “OK to send” document review process. 

Being the only major specialty logistics provider in the UK that has Authorized Economic Operator (AEOC) Customs Simplification status - our role in the international supply chain is secure and our customs procedures is efficient and meets EU standards. 

World Courier is the only logistics company with global GDP certification against three major GDP standards, (EU GDP, USP 1079 and WHO GDP) - we guarantee to provide the same standard of distribution across the world.

As Brexit terms conclude, World Courier will continue to adjust its risk mitigation approach with the best interests of customers and patients in mind. We will keep you updated on any other developments.