Freight News, Logistics

It’s easier to Ireland, says Aztek Logistics

[ March 25, 2021   //   ]

Movements from GB into Ireland have become much easier, despite “a hard slog since January”, says Aztek Logistics operations manager, Duncan Pannell.

The Hertfordshire based operator, part of the Pallet-Track network, says it took steps throughout 2020 to remind its customers of changes to customs protocols post January 1, but still faced major challenges as “the complexity of the situation thwarted a seamless transition”.

However, Aztek assisted its customers with a Brexit administrative essentials checklist on its website to ensure they have the correct documentation to replace the simple delivery note. It also created a visual guide to display specific information on subjects including EORI notes, commodity codes, declarations, commercial invoicing, packing lists, certificates and licences and tariffs.

Pannell notes: “None of this material was obvious to businesses looking on the GOV.UK website, so we created a visual step-by-step representation of what was needed to help struggling companies – some had simply stopped shipments,” said Pannell.

Apart from new complex customs arrangements published by the UK government, businesses dealing with Irish customers now also need to ensure shipments only travel on heat-treated pallets, another new post-Brexit arrangement, as the UK falls outside of an EU-wide exemption to this rule.

Aztek is investing additional customs clearance training for its staff and engaging apprentices to take on this role.