Are you prepared for Brexit?

With the UK Government still negotiating with the EU for the withdrawal from the European Union it is important that you prepare for the possibility of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ to ensure you can continue importing and exporting as efficiently as possible.

There are a number of things that you can do to prepare:

Apply for your EORI number

You will need to apply for a European Union registration and identification number to move goods in or out of the EU. This is required for Customs Clearance. Visit to apply

Duty Deferment account (DAN)

The Duty Deferment scheme allows you to make monthly payments to HMRC for Duty or VAT fees. If you want IFS to arrange your Customs Clearance, you will need to provide authorisation
Commodity codes. You will need to identify the correct commodity code for your goods, this will determine the Duty of that will be applied, thereby making the Customs declaration process much easier

License for your goods

Some goods will require an export license in order to be moved in or out of the EU, therefore you should determine whether your goods require a license prior to its movement

Transitional Simplified Procedures

To avoid delays on UK imports, we highly recommend that businesses apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

Commercial Invoice Checklist

For each shipment, a commercial invoice is likely to be required to present when clearing goods through Customs.

> Commodity code(s)
> Customs procedure code
> EORI number
> Incoterm
> Country of origin
> Shipment weight
> Shipment value
> Details of packaging
> Description of goods
> Commercial invoice
> Packing list
> Details of importer
> Details of exporter

Whatever the outcome, as your International freight forwarder, IFS will be here to assist you with any enquiries you may have.

Simply call our friendly and helpful team on:

+44 (0) 1709 610 000

Or send us a message >

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The United Kingdom and European Union have agreed an extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit

International Freight Solutions IFS guidance for BrexitThe UK was scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on 12 April 2019. However, a further extension to Article 50 has now been agreed to allow more time to conclude a Brexit deal with the EU. This extension will last until 31 October, unless a deal is agreed earlier.

For the duration of the extension, the UK will remain within the EU Single Market and imports and exports will continue to be subject to EU rules.

Until a Withdrawal Agreement is passed by the UK parliament, the legal default position for the UK remains exiting the EU without a deal. It is therefore essential that businesses prepare for all possible outcomes, including a possible No Deal Brexit. In this scenario your packages could face delays if you don’t put the right preparations in place.

In readiness for a possible Hard Brexit scenario, here are some steps you can take:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number: If you do not have an active EORI this will be needed for Customs Clearance, it’s free to apply and currently takes just a few days. You can apply here > Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • Commercial invoice: This should include; goods description / tariff number / value & currency / packaging details / weight / origin / EORI number / Commodity code. Invoice Template attached.
  • Know the commodity code of your goods: Commodity codes classify goods so you can fill in export declarations. You can look these up here > Trade Tariff Look Up
  • Record keeping: You’re required to keep records for all traded goods you declare to HMRC for 6 years. The reason for this is for duty and tax purposes, and for government statistics.

We also recommend that you keep up to date on finer details which may be relevant to your business at and also

Download > commercial-invoice-template-230kb

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you require any further advice.

Benefits of using a freight forwarder for international shipping

Some organisations don’t see the need to pay someone else to send their goods overseas. However, not using a freight forwarder can cost time and ultimately cost money without the professional support.

Freight Forwarding by Sea with IFS International Freight Solutions Ltd

There’s far more to transportation than many people realise, with dozens of different elements to consider before even packing up your parcel and sending it on its way. Here, we explain why using a professional freight forwarder isn’t just worth the money – it’s fundamental to guarantee safe, smooth shipping.

– It’s not necessarily more expensive to use a freight forwarder
– It’s easier to secure booking slots using a freight forwarder
– You’ll have access to better buying power and knowledge
– You’ll experience reduced risk
– You’ll enjoy multi-model solutions using a freight forwarder

Need help with your next shipment?

As a respected global freight forwarder, International Freight Solutions (IFS) Ltd have the experience to anticipate problems before they arise. If you have an upcoming shipment and want to explore the option of freight forwarding, simply call our friendly and helpful team on: +44 (0) 1709 610 000 or complete our shipping note.

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IFS Services – ‘Customs Clearance and Warehousing’ (6 of 6) with International Freight Solutions

You’ve arranged for the transportation of your goods and know they are going from A to B but don’t forget that all-important paperwork! This is the topic of our final blog about the services offered by IFS.

Cargo Containers, International Freight SolutionsCustoms brokerage can be arranged to facilitate the customs clearance process. Export documentation including Letters of Credit, Certificates of Origin and EUR1 can also be provided. Let us help you make the paperwork easier.

We can also offer warehousing facilities  for your container loads that may be arriving from overseas for unloading and storage for the short or long term to help smooth over the process of their transition.

Call our team who can advise you on what might be the best service for you! Alternatively, complete our enquiry form and we will respond to you promptly.

IFS Services – ‘Ancillary Services’ (5 of 6) with International Freight Solutions

Don’t forget your insurance is the message of our next blog! In our series on IFS services today we are highlighting the importance of insurance.

Stay in touch, International Freight SolutionsIt is surprisingly common for companies to assume that their carriers ‘limited liability’ will somehow cover them in the event of damage or loss of goods. This is not always the case!

Here at IFS we believe it’s best practice to remind customers that their goods may need insuring to full value to ensure they do not lose out in the event of a claim. Also don’t forget to check who is expected to arrange insurance cover, whether it is the Exporter, the Consignee or the Forwarder.

Call our team who can advise you on what might be the best service for you! Alternatively, complete our enquiry form and we will respond to you promptly.