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The New Year will quickly bring significant modifications to many important Customs regulations. As your International Specialists, we want to help you fully prepare for the potential impact to your business and your customers. Effective in 2021, there will be three critical changes you need to be aware of:

  1. Brexit
    Starting in January 2021, Customs Declarations will be required for EU-GB-EU shipments. This will affect all shipments from the European Union to Great Britain and from Great Britain to the European Union.
  2. ICS2 Import Control System
    Beginning March 2021, the enhancement of the Security screening program will require certain data elements be sent to the EU customs authorities for review and approval - prior to loading at the country of export. This will affect shipments from everywhere in the world to (or transiting) the European Union including shipments to Norway and Switzerland.
  3. VAT De Minimis Removal
    Beginning July 2021, the abolition of the 22 Euros VAT De Minimis for imports into EU Resulting in formal customs clearance for all Inbound EU shipments and levying VAT. This will affect shipments from everywhere in the world to the European Union.

With these changes, Customs authorities are further enforcing the regulatory requirements related to the provision of complete and accurate customs data in order to optimize security and safety screening, as well as combat counterfeiting and piracy, prevent unfair competition and ensure full collection of duties and taxes.

What does this mean for you?

You will be able to complete these types of shipments within PSCSHIP. To avoid shipment delays, there are two major areas in which we will need to collaborate before the end of 2020:

  1. Please update your goods descriptions on your waybills with an accurate and descriptive explanation.By providing DHL with an accurate goods description, Customs will be able to easily identify the goods based on the data provided and conduct security and safety screening without stopping your shipment. The more specific you can be, the better! An example of this would be saying "O Ring Replacement Kit" in place of saying "Pump Parts" for a water pump.
  2. We'll provide DHL your Commercial Invoice data electronically.We've already made the appropriate updates to PSCSHIP so we can meet these new requirements and ensure your shipments through Customs without facing delays.

We will continue to update you as new updates are made available. For your reference, please view the links and updated list of EU member countries below:

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