Preparing for Brexit: How we’re tackling the subject of customs clearance after Brexit

Posted by Sharon Murrell - Customs Manager on 31-May-2018 11:46:00
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The latest blog post in our Brexit series highlights the specific subject of your customs clearance after Brexit, and how these affect supply chains, both in and out of the UK. With Brexit day fast approaching, we reveal what procedures and plans we have in place to overcome the challenges Brexit poses at the borders.

There are three major areas in which we’re helping our customers when it comes to reducing delays at borders after the UK leaves the EU: our long-established AEO accreditation, our comprehensive customs clearances, and the implementation of new software and systems.

AEO accreditation

The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is becoming an important matter for concern as we move closer towards Brexit. With just hundreds of British businesses in possession of the accreditation, which is globally recognised as a ‘trusted trader’ international mark of quality, an influx of applications will no doubt lead to a lengthy backlog for HMRC to administer.

There is no doubt, however, that the certification is essential to allowing faster and smoother clearances at borders post-Brexit. Yet, with AEO status only held by hundreds of UK companies, compared with far more in France in Germany, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is urging businesses to be aware of the consequences of not being prepared.


At Yusen, we’re able to pass on the benefits of being AEO certified since 2009 to our customers. This will help minimise delays and challenges at borders, resulting in fewer knock-on effects to supply chains and lead times.

Customs clearances after Brexit

While there are still many reports and ongoing concerns about the queues that could congest borders once Brexit is implemented, there are steps that can be put in place to try and minimise this risk.

As part of our ongoing strategies and planning for Brexit, here at Yusen we are preparing for these challenges by providing an end-to-end service, which means our customers can benefit from integrated features such as in-house declarations, including duty costs and lead time management. It also means the relief of a one-stop-shop, having one point of contact in a complex process and making the most of our facilities expertise.

This is in addition to constantly reviewing customs authorisations and examining resource levels to ensure a smooth border crossing policy.


New software and systems

Brexit is also bringing about the demand for new infrastructure for businesses, and at Yusen we’re already well under way with getting these implemented and working. It means another cost and effort that our customers don’t have to factor into their own Brexit adjustments.

Alongside the migration to Customs Declaration Service (CDS), we are working with customs software providers and HMRC to develop strategic technologies to help ensure our software and systems are ready for the additional required processes post-Brexit.




Brexit supply chain


Yusen is providing an end-to-end supply chain for businesses concerned about Brexit and its implications. With many procedures already in place, together with constant revision and understanding of Brexit progression, we are passing support and our relevant expertise in comprehensive logistics on to customers planning and preparing for Brexit, and to companies considering outsourcing logistics, from customs clearances and our long-established AEO status, to lead time management and cross-Europe freight forwarding and warehousing.



Topics: Brexit, Border Controls, Customs Clearance

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