With the UK’s likely departure from the European Union and post-Brexit relationships being uncertain, our focus is to prepare for a ‘No-deal Brexit’ and ensure that our customers are aware of the changes that will occur if we are faced with this outcome.

How has Norsk been preparing for Brexit?

  • Customs broker – AEO accreditation
    Norsk has achieved its AEO accreditation – this vital sign-off by the government allows us to extend our customs services.
  • Full In-house clearance brokerage
    We have built all the team, services, and technical infrastructure to handle Import and Export clearances in-house.
    We have links to all the key HMRC platforms for Import and Export clearances. We also have an LVBI or low-value bulk entry license that allows us to clear bulk LVs quickly and simply.
  • Bonded warehouse
    We have two bonded locations so goods can be held in bond without full Import duties being paid.
  • ERTS facility at London Heathrow allows goods to transfer to our Hub to avoid expensive airport holding fees
  • Upgrade of our IT systems and API links to key suppliers to incorporate new requirements for Paper Less Trade (PLT).
  • Cross Channel Clearances
    We will have the ability to create entries for sealed vehicles arriving at Dover/Folkestone and are appointing a clearance broker in Calais, so we will be able to send sealed vehicles via Euro Tunnel with the least possible delays.

    We have also been in discussions with our network of agents throughout Europe, making sure that they are in a position to conduct clearances if needed and understanding any new procedures that we will need to accommodate to ensure continuation of their services post-Brexit.

What is PLT? And why is it important for Brexit?

PLT is the electronic transmission of customs documents and invoices, preventing the need for paper copies of commercial invoices to be supplied with the shipment. It is vital to help speed up the customs clearance process.

Three types of customers;

Customer via eShip Portal

Customer Transmitting Data via 3rd Party Software

Direct API integration to Norsk

We suggest that you start to ascertain how you can get this information electronically from your clients, so that you can send data to us to include the increased fields required by PLT.

Simply put, as well as the current address/service information we require all the commercial invoice information for that shipment transmitted electronically.

Many customers use third party system providers to send and receive shipment information to us already – we need you to discuss PLT data flow with them.

If you require help, our IT Team are there to help you. We can send you a suggested template for the data.
You may already be providing this data on invoices for shipments going to Countries outside of the EU now – it is the same information we will need post Brexit.

The way ahead…

In order to make PLT work prior to the October deadline, we have formed an interim solution. You will be able to attach paper commercial invoices to shipments (the same way you do for shipments going today to countries outside the EU). On arrival here, we have installed specialist scanners that read text and will create the PLT entry required by DHL and Customs.

However, we see this as a short-term measure and will need you to provide this information electronically. There will be a charge levied for this manual upload service later in the year, so PLT is a must to get organised.

Are you ready for Brexit?

If you are already trading with countries outside of the EU then you will probably be familiar with the customs requirements.

If you are currently only trading with countries within the EU, now would be the time to start familiarising yourself with customs procedures. Included below are questions that you will need to start thinking about to prepare yourselves.

As close as the Brexit deadline is – the Government has still not given clear direction on every aspect of trade to and from Europe. As we get more information we will share any changes with you.

We have a large team making sure services will continue to function well.

See below for a Brexit checklist and some questions for you to start considering.

Brexit Checklist

Do you have an EORI number?

An EORI number is a European Union registration and
identification number for businesses which undertake the import
or export of goods into or out of the EU.

Are your shipments classed as a document or non-document?
Are additional licenses or certification required for your products?Do you provide a declaration for controlled exports?
Have you completed a commercial or pro-forma invoice?Have you confirmed your VAT number?
Do you have a deferment account for Imports Duties and VAT?Do you offer your customers a Delivery Duty Paid service?

Useful Links

Government Import Guide
Government Export Guide
DHL Brexit Guide
Chamber of Commerce Guide