Summary of the current situation, particularly in respect of Customs Procedures.

On 12 December 2019 a General Election was held, resulting in an overwhelming majority for the Conservative Party. Boris Johnson has stated that the UK will now leave the European on 31 January 2020


  1. A Withdrawal Agreement Bill will now be passed by parliament within 2 weeks. There will then be a transition phase lasting until 31 December 2020.
  2. During this phase, discussions will take place to agree, amongst many things, new trade arrangements, tariffs, and what the Customs and Documentary Procedures will be post transition. Throughout this transition phase NOTHING will change.
  3. If the discussions during the transition phase fail to result in complete agreements, then it is possible that the UK will leave the EU without a Deal on 31st December 2020. However, both the UK and EU are putting in place transitional customs arrangements for RO/RO freight to ease the potential problems which will result.


It is likely that the UK and EU will reach a Trade Agreement by 31 December 2020 that will minimise the number of tariffs (if any) and restrict the requirement for Customs documentation or checks.

Any new procedures and documentation required will be implemented after consultation with trade bodies and key government departments. PSL are currently involved in these discussions, which were already in place to mitigate the previous “No Deal” scenario.

Therefore, going forward PSL are perfectly placed to be your partner for any Customs Clearance requirements.

With both deep Customs Regulatory expertise, and a 24hr operation in Dover, covering all ports electronically, PSL can deal with any customer requirements both in the interim period and after any agreed changes are introduced.

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PSL are at the forefront of what is being decided in respect of Customs Procedures and Documentation in the result of a Deal or No-Deal agreement. Our Dover Office Director, Richard Catt is regularly invited by HMRC and various Government Departments to attend meetings, and provide input on behalf of the Dover Port Users Group, therefore will have an immediate understanding of what changes will be required from Traders when decisions have been made.

PSL run a 24hr, 7 Day per week operation at the Port of Dover, (also covering other Ports electronically) providing the following Documentation Requirements:

  • Import UK Customs clearance documentation
  • Export UK Customs clearance documentation
  • Intrastat declarations
  • All Customs regimes i.e. Home use, CT, IPR, OPR, TI, Excise, Bond, CFSP, etc.
  • Preference arrangements (EUR / ATR) and others

Note: PSL are AEO approved – Certificate Nr. AEOC/00064/14

When a Withdrawal Agreement has been passed, we will be able to consult with your team to provide guidance and expertise on the best way to meet the requirements.

We strongly believe that a No-Deal exit from the EU will not happen.

IF it does, and IF there is an immediate requirement for additional documentation, we already have the staff, knowledge and systems in place to provide a rapid response.

If you would like to discuss your needs now or in the future please contact us:

Richard Catt – Director (Customs Procedures): 01304 203443

Richard Gibbs – Commercial Director: 01455 234567