Brexit and AEO

With the UK set to leave the European Union (EU) on 29th March 2019, businesses involved in imports and exports are tasked with making preparations for trading after Brexit. However, the constantly-changing political landscape means the outcome is still uncertain.

The Customs People is made up of a team of experts who are constantly abreast of the latest developments regarding Brexit, meaning we are well placed to assist your business with its plans going forward.

Contact us today to discuss your circumstances by calling 0161 826 8926 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.

About Brexit and AEO

The UK government is hoping to remain closely aligned with the EU regarding customs, and although the country will not remain part of the Customs Union, it hopes an alternative which allows frictionless trade to occur can be agreed, its latest proposal being a ‘Combined Customs Territory’ which if adopted will achieve this aim.

As part of these plans, businesses can be viewed as a ‘trusted trader’, which means if an import from a non-EU country comes into the UK but the importer cannot demonstrate that it is a trusted trader, a higher duty rate of the UK or EU duty will be applied to the goods.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an internationally-recognised quality mark that indicates a business’s role in an international supply chain is secure. By attaining this accreditation, UK businesses can protect themselves against some of the more negative ramifications of Brexit - in particular, the predicted delays in clearing ports.

For more information on AEO, including the wider benefits, visit our AEO Advice page.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit

If the UK exits the EU without a deal, UK businesses will need to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods traded with the EU, in broadly the same way that currently applies for goods traded outside of the EU.

Although the government has previously assured that a no-deal Brexit is highly unlikely, it recently published a collection of 25 papers supporting a partnership pack on a no-deal Brexit.

While an abundance of information is available regarding the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, businesses are often left wondering what it actually means for them. The Customs People is on hand to assist, helping you to decipher what a no-deal Brexit means for your business specifically.

Our experience

We have helped many businesses across a variety of industries to decipher the complicated implications Brexit for import and export firms, as well as with the application for AEO status. We are passionate about all things Brexit, and have contributed to articles relating to this issue, which you can view by clicking here.

How we can help

The Customs People can offer support and advice to businesses throughout the lengthy AEO application process. Our service is completely bespoke to your requirements, and we have a number of different packages available.

Visit our AEO packages page to find out more.

Get in touch

Speak to one of our experienced AEO consultants today by calling 0161 826 8926 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.

Success Stories

  • "Company 'O' was able to increase the value of sales made to its customer within the contract price after taking advantage of End-Use relief. This meant the initial $3.5million import in a 25 year contract was VAT and duty free."

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  • "Cotton importer 'G' was at risk of losing money through the use of a wrong commodity code - this meant instead of 0% duty, 8% was applied, landing them with a bill of £80,000. Our investigations led to the assessment being waived, and the bill being cancelled."

    Cotton Importer -
  • "Company 'R' took advantage of our planning advice and structured purchases to ensure they were making the most of their options. Advice given included audit trail help, and anti-dumping duty guidance. "

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Who We Help

Our clients are both importers and exporters in a wide range of areas, including textiles, heavy manufacturing and food, and we help them all to approach the customs process in the best way for their business.

Customs Services

Our services vary from in-house training to transaction advice and help planning for a HMRC visit - click here to find out more.

AEO Services

AEO accreditation is a kitemark stamp of integrity, and our expert team can help you to secure it for your business, opening up a wider world of business opportunity.