Minimising the impact of Brexit on your supply chain

11th December 2020

Priority Customs Clearance

Read our guide to understand how our customs management service can help you to minimise the impact of Brexit on your supply chain.

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Priority Customs Clearance



On 1st January 2021, the Brexit transition period will have ended and the UK will be operating a full external border. Customs controls will affect the movement of goods between the UK and EU, and every import and export to and from the UK will require a customs declaration with associated customs clearance.

The post-Brexit world will provide many logistical challenges to those seeking to move goods in and out of the UK from Europe. For many, this is a difficult and sometimes confusing topic to understand but, in reality, it affects us all and we need to quickly adapt to the new processes.

As one of Europe’s leading time-critical logistics providers, it’s Priority Freight’s mission to help you to meet complex and urgent international transport challenges by adding speed and flexibility to your supply chain. When parts are needed to keep you operational, we understand the need for a fast, secure and reliable response, within your time frame, to maintain the integrity of your supply chain.

Priority Freight’s preparation for Brexit includes a dedicated customs management team, customer helpline, customs storage facilities, technology platforms and Authorised Economic Operator Full (AEOF) status at all our UK locations.

Our customs management service will take care of all the required customs formalities; submit the necessary declarations on your behalf and quickly clear the goods, giving you total peace of mind. As part of the end-to-end logistics solution, our customs management service supports the rapid transport of goods post-Brexit; making the transfer as frictionless as possible.

By operating with AEOF, Priority Freight accesses quicker customs procedures, is able to move goods into temporary storage between different member states, and is recognised with trading partners that adopt the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards. Our AEOF status provides security and confidence to our customers who are safe in the knowledge that it’s business as usual, post-Brexit.

Our customs management service works alongside our global logistics operations, as part of a wholly-managed, door-to-door transportation process, in order to continue to meet even the tightest of deadlines. Our team will ensure that your shipments are imported into or exported out of the UK in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations – in the fastest, most cost-effective and reliable manner.

Our customs service provision includes our own External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF) and Customs Warehouse at our secure premises in Dover, Heathrow and Coventry, with associated customs procedures in place both for import and export. Our Customs Warehouse and ETSF in Dover is located inside our secure truck parking facility, conveniently just three miles from the Port of Dover. Goods may be processed on route, at Dover, Heathrow or Coventry, avoiding port congestion.

Our secure ETSF allows us to place non-EU goods into storage prior to customs procedures or re-exportation. This means we can retain just the goods required for customs inspection, while the remainder of the shipment can be delivered to keep your supply chain moving.

Our Customs Warehouse enables storage of goods in duty and VAT suspension for an unlimited time. The secure 24/7 facility provides operational flexibility should the final destination of the goods not be known (e.g. UK or EU). If goods are re-exported, no tax is due.

Entrusting Priority Freight to manage your customs requirements will mean a faster clearance with less costs and less delays whilst mitigating disruptions to your supply chain.

For further information about how Priority Freight’s customs management service can reduce the risk of shipment delays, contact us at info@priorityfreight.com.

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