News & Trends – Post Brexit Update

The Post Brexit Update from Gerlach UK – January 2022

18.01.2022

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Since January 1, 2022, full customs controls apply to all movements of goods between the EU and the UK. With the new requirements, especially for transport companies but also for companies that are active in the food sector, we observed those having challenges in the last few weeks. Our team at Gerlach UK have again intensively supported many of our customers to cope with all the challenges that have happened since 1st Jan 2022.

Our Managing Director at Gerlach UK, Thomas Mercuri would like to remind companies trading with UK to ensure compliance with the new rules. Here are two major points to highlight.

Registration for GVMS is mandatory

GVMS went live on January 1, 2022. It is a new border IT system that links declaration references to the haulier, allowing it to present a single reference, the goods movement reference (GMR), at the border as proof of pre-lodged declarations.


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Some hauliers have faced delays bringing goods into Britain due to issues with the new border IT system – the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) – that was introduced at the start of this year.

All transport companies moving goods through ports that use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) must register for the GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service) and obtain a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) number to move goods within the UK. On the GOV.UK Website you find the full list of ports using the GVMS system: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-of-ports-using-the-goods-vehicle-movement-service

For food importers to UK – pre notification via IPAFFS system needed.

IPAFFS is a web-based service for the application for, and issuing of, Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs) for imports from outside the EU and EEA of live animals, their products and germplasm. IPAFFS is the system used for notifying GB authorities of movements of live animals, their products and germplasm into to GB from countries outside the EU and EEA.

The notification needs to be done one working day before arrival of the goods.

For further details please check the GOV.UK Website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-of-products-animals-food-and-feed-system

We will continue our efforts to update to support companies with customs matters. It is important to keep ourselves up to date on the newest regulations and assess those implications on time. For further assistance on UK side, please reach out to the Gerlach UK team.

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