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On leaving the EU, the UK will face a hard border and an increase in levels of customs administration when exporting and importing goods to/from the EU. This trade friction could take various forms.

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What to do about Customs:


Step 1:

Become familiar with import and export declaration. You can find more information on Page 3 of our 'Life after Brexit' report.


Step 2:

Consider if your goods will be subject to physical customs inspections at the border. Page 5 of our 'Life after Brexit' report has more detail about this. 


Step 3:

Identify certificate of origin requirements for your goods. More detail about this can be found on Page 2 of our 'Life after Brexit' report.


Step 4:

Consider whether you are likely to face time delays at ports or border crossings. Page 3 of our 'UK Trade with the EU' report has more information.


Step 5:

Raise your awareness of Authorised Economic Operator Status and assess whether it’s right for your company. Read Page 6 of our 'Life after Brexit' report for more.

Our exclusive online Brexit Trade Tool can help understand the customs formalities you will face after Brexit. Click here to find out more.


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