EU Customs

EU Customs

Preparing you and your supply chain for our new trading relationship with the EU.

Metro offers a wide range of digital and automated solutions to keep your European supply chain optimised.

With 500,000 additional customs entries in the UK alone being submitted every day after transition, digitalisation and automation will be critical and the only practical way to ensure that the customs system and supporting infrastructure is not overwhelmed.

Upcoming Key Dates

1st October 2021
IPAFF submission for all SPS goods. Documentary Checks on POAO, HRFNOAO, and plants & plant products requiring SPS certificates. Physical checks, if required at importers facilities. Prenotification for regulated/notifiable material requiring phytosanitary documentation.

1st January 2022
ENS declarations for GVMS models, Prenotification for all regulated – low-risk material requiring phytosanitary documentation. Physical checks for POAO, HRFNOAO, and high-risk plants & plant products to be conducted at BCP. Physical checks for live animals and low-risk plants and plant product if required at importers facilities End of EIDR easement.

1st March 2022
All Physical checks to be conducted at BCP.





1st January 2021

The changes you need to be Brexit Ready for

EORI Number

You’ll need an EORI number to move and clear goods between the UK and the EU

Customs Clearance

Traders that have prepared for the ‘light touch’ CFSP/EIDR regime will not need to submit simplified declarations (C21). In most other cases full C88 declarations will apply.


VAT must be accounted for in quarterly return, or paid at border, if not VAT registered. Excise duties will be treated the same as imports from rest of the world


You must know your product classification codes. The UK Global Tariff released in May is subject to change as trade negotiations progress. Check our Brexit page for updates.

Fiscal Representation

Fiscal representatives will charge for its services and require a bank guarantee, given they are jointly liable for any VAT debts


Government is developing capability to request consignment halts, or route changes to prioritise export flows

HMRC Applications

The simplest solution is to appoint Metro as your customs broker. Otherwise you should apply for authorisation to use simplified declarations, CHIEF access and a duty deferment account


HMRC may shortly announce a plan for deferment accounts not backed by Customs Comprehensive Guarantee

ROW Trade agreements

Preparation of trade documents for fluctuations in duty rates. Understanding the EU-third country trade deals the UK no longer comes under

Get in touch

Our Brexit Ready Solutions


Metro manage all your inbound and outbound customs declarations, to keep your UK/EU trade flowing.


Combine market-leading European freight services with our pan-European Customs Brokerage, for the most cost-effective supply chain solution.


Metro work entirely digitally with many of the UK’s largest importers and exporters and is committed to extending the benefits and capability to traders of all sizes.

Brexit Ready Resources