The Government has announced a raft of customs easements to support industry and improve the 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 the 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 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 can now complete the form without it if they choose to. Updated guidance will follow in due course.