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FAS payments - accounting rejection

As part of the preparations for 2022, we and others asked HM Revenue & Customs to confirm what would happen if a shipment, entering via a non-inventory port, was linked to an uncleared FAS payment.

The question was never answered, but today we encountered the anticipated reaction when one shipment arrived and our overseas client had not managed to lodge the funds against the FAS reference in time.

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The first arrivals at the new Ashford International Truckstop

Late by over eleven months, following its use as a temporary Border Control Post, the new Ashford International Truckstop finally opened its gates to HGVs today.

We look forward to welcoming our clients’ drivers knowing that they can now make use of the excellent facilities onsite, whilst at the same time collecting their transit documentation with a friendly face and a minimum of fuss.

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New Ashford International Truckstop stands empty for the last time, finally opening this week

After being commandeered by Border Force at the beginning of 2021, as the official Sevington Border Control Post was still being built, the new Ashford International Truck stop finally opens this Tuesday at 6.00 a.m.

The old location was Kent's largest truckstop, with 400+ overnight secure spaces. It had won numerous awards, including "Truckstop of the Year", for its range of amenities and services.

The new location has 600+ spaces and it has greatly enhanced modern facilities.

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A brief guide to Incoterms®

The Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods. Whether you are filing a purchase order, packaging and labelling a shipment for freight transport, or preparing a certificate of origin at a port, the Incoterms® rules are there to guide you.

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Less than 50 days to go before Brexit begins in earnest!

The days of importing without a customs declaration are numbered. The need for health certificates and presentation at a Border Control Post starts to become a reality. Procedures will tighten concerning the need to provide proof or origin, if preferential duty rates are to be claimed.

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HMRC begins the process of pursuing importers who have not reported their shipments in 2021.

As a concession to importers in the twelve month’s following Brexit, declarations for goods brought into the UK from the EU could be delayed by up to 175 days. As a result of this “open border” policy, a large number of companies are known to have failed to register any imports. The UK Treasury has promised HMRC additional funding to pursue these non-compliant organisations and, as can be seen from the attached extract for a recent mail shot, the process has now begun.

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A brief guide to customs clearance

Customs clearance is the process of declaring goods as they move through a border, whether importing or exporting. This is so that HM Revenue & Customs can gather statistical data on the country’s imports and exports, ensure that goods are travelling with the required licenses and certification and collect any taxes that are due on the goods concerned. 

Customs clearance is also required when moving suspended goods outside of a customs-designated area, such as a bonded warehouse, or when cancelling an inward processing relief. This is because the goods have not yet been released into free circulation, and so another declaration is needed to pay the taxes or declare that the goods are moving to another location.

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