The UK Government can request an extension to the Transition Period by up to one or two years if made before 30th June 2020, which has been ruled out by the Prime Minister. Therefore, at present, new trading rules are due to apply from 1st January 2021 and we understand that these will involve submission of customs declarations and Safety and Security Declarations to both the UK and to the relevant EU member state. However, we hope that the flow of goods will be as frictionless as possible.
We are engaging with the UK government and EU member states in their negotiations on a future trade relationship. We will ensure that we keep our customers updated on any progress that is made.
In the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement, a customs border has effectively been drawn down the Irish Sea, meaning checks could be required for goods being moved between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
So, we are advising our customers to start planning now for border and customs checks, including between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In order to help your business prepare for the end of the transition period, please see our ‘Five things you need to do to be ready by 31st December 2020’ below.
Should you have further questions regarding Stena Line’s policy and procedures, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager.
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