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New European Customs Regulations

January 20th, 2016 8:02 pm by

Until now the customs clearance of household goods into Europe was relatively simple. Goods for multiple countries could be shipped in the same container and all be cleared in the country in which the container first landed. The individual shipments within the container could then be distributed freely throughout the European Union.

Because the customs clearance process in the UK is very straight forward, most moving companies used the UK ports out of choice thereby fueling an efficient and cost-effective distribution channel which kept costs low and transit times short. This resulted in moving companies in the UK getting all of the import business while moving companies in other countries suffered.

On May 1, 2016, Article 123 of EC Regulation 1186/2009 comes into effect. This requires goods to be cleared in the country in which they are to be used. A consolidated container containing shipments bound for different countries as described above will require the clearance of each shipment separately in its destination country.

The effect of the legislation will be to make the process much fairer for European moving companies because shipments are likely to be more often shipped direct than via the UK. However it will increase the costs as goods will have to be transported under bond and warehoused at destination awaiting clearance. It will also result in deliveries taking longer.

It is essential that international moving companies around the world make sure customers know about the new regulations and are prepared to wait a little longer for their household goods to arrive. We will be doing everything we can to ensure that goods travel as smoothly as possible through Europe’s borders but there will inevitably be some delays under the new system.

One option for the customer is to ship their goods LCL (Less than Container Load) from origin direct to their final destination in the hope of reducing delays. This will inevitably cost a little more however the moving company at destination will be able to handle the clearance locally.

For any questions or concerns on this matter please contact us and ask for someone on our International moving team.