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UK Government Update - New customs easements from 1 July 2022 to improve border flow

The Government has announced a raft of customs easements to support industry and improve flow at UK borders.

Traders, hauliers and carriers are set to benefit from four Safety & Security (S&S) facilitations, which will come into force from 1 July 2022 for EU and rest of world trade.

The facilitations are:

Making S&S Movement Reference Numbers (MRNs) optional in the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), for both imports and exports.

  • Removal of S&S requirements for exported empty units.
  • Removal of S&S requirements on outbound inter-port transhipments (when moved under transit and a single transport contract).
  • Removal of S&S requirements on Merchandise in Baggage, for both imports and exports.

As part of the package of easements, empty units exported under a transport contract will no longer be required to complete S&S declarations.

Removing the need for S&S declarations (also known as Exit Summary or EXS declarations) will reduce the burden on hauliers and carriers, allowing empty containers, pallets and vehicles to move more quickly and efficiently.

Also from 1 July 2022, carriers can complete inputs into the GVMS without entering any S&S declaration reference numbers.

Including the S&S declaration reference number has previously been encouraged, and this remains an option; however, users now can complete the form without it if they choose to.

Updated guidance will follow in due course.

IMPORTANT: A GMR will continue to be required, after the 1st July 2022, for empty units or units loaded with empty packages.

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23 June 2022

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