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Rhenus reminds importers: deadline day is looming

[ May 26, 2021   //   ]

Rhenus is reminding UK importers who made the most of the Government’s Delayed Declarations scheme in January this year that they now have less than a month to complete customs formalities. They should get their paperwork in time for the rolling deadlines for customs clearance that start on 25 June.

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK Government introduced Delayed Declarations, giving businesses importing into the UK up to 175 days to complete their customs declarations.

While the Government has extended the scheme to defer declarations to 31 December 2021 on a rolling basis, it is important that importers ensure that their supplementary declarations are processed as each 175-day deadline approaches. Missing the deadline may lead to an HMRC fine and removal of the right to delay future declarations.

Rhenus recommends businesses submit their supplementary declarations in good time to avoid the anticipated surge in brokerage requests prior to the first deadline date.

Managing director road, at Rhenus UK, Gary Dodsworth, commented: “The Delayed Declarations scheme has been hugely welcome for importers following the end of the Brexit transition period and, for many, a real lifeline to keep business moving. It’s vital that now we’re reaching the first deadline for completing customs declarations that this, and all subsequent deadlines, are met. For businesses that import regularly, there will now be rolling deadlines as the 175-day period for each import they’ve made from the start of the year ends. 

“Brexit has brought with it a lot of challenges for importers and I urge them not to get caught out this far down the line. We’ve been working hard to support customers each step of the way on the Brexit journey and Delayed Declarations is no exception. We have a dedicated customs team that is providing an end-to-end service for customers to help ease the administration burden.”

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