The regulations will apply from 1st October to export shipments from Great Britain to EU member states, where not covered by a combined export/safety and security declaration. Final guidance is still awaited, having been subject to some last-minute changes during September; we will update you with further details as soon as this is available, together with information as to which version of the EXS process (‘Arrived EXS’ or standard ‘IEXS’) to use at each of our GB port locations. There is no EXS requirement on shipments on direct routes from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
EXS’s are required primarily, but not exclusively, for the following categories of shipment:
- an empty pallet, container or vehicle being moved under a transport contract *
- goods that have remained in temporary storage for more than 14 days
- goods that have remained in temporary storage for less than 14 days, but the import safety and security declaration details are unknown, or the destination or consignee has changed
- goods that are moved under transit using either a transit accompanying document (TAD) or a transit security accompanying document (TSAD), where there is no separate combined export/safety and security declaration
*a transport contract, or contract of carriage, is an agreement between a carrier and shipper or passenger, setting out each party’s duties and rights.
As previously advised, please note that in most cases responsibility for completing safety and security declarations for unaccompanied shipments is passed to our customers under our terms and conditions. Responsibility for safety and security declarations for driver accompanied shipments already sits with the haulage company.
In limited circumstances – such as for empty shipments – at our GB East coast ports (Harwich and Killingholme), Stena Line are investigating the option to be able to complete EXS declarations for you; further guidance will be given on this in our next update once details are finalised.
On 14th September, along with delays to checks on SPS goods being imported to GB from the EU, UKG announced delays to import safety and security (ENS) requirements with a postponement from 1st January 2022 (as mentioned in the attached document), to 1st July 2022; we will advise further on ENS responsibilities for entry to Great Britain in due course. At the present time it has been confirmed that there will be no postponement of EXS requirements beyond 1st October 2021