Brexit Resource Center

Keeping you up-to-date on every step as we transition towards Brexit and beyond, providing news, expert advice and information.

This Brexit page is brought to you by Descartes Systems Group. Descartes provides software solutions to improve the operational efficiency, security and regulatory compliance of logistics and supply chain operations. 

Our software solutions for Customs Declarations, Security Filings, Customs Info, Denied (Sanctioned) Party Screening and the operation & compliance of External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF), will assist you with the processes that are going to be introduced over the next year and beyond. 

Companies need to act now to be ready. Please contact us for Information on Descartes' software solutions to be Brexit ready.  

Now is the time to act 

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020.
The UK is about to start the 3rd round of trade talks with the EU.
The transition period is set to finish at 11pm on 31st December 2020.

One thing is clear and that is customs declarations will be required
from 1st January 2021.

Don't leave it too late, you need to act now to be ready

Import and Export Declarations as well as Security Filings will need to be submitted for goods moving between the UK and the EU. Businesses will need to be ready to handle customs processes from 1st of January 2021.

Be Brexit ready with Descartes Systems software solutions. 

Days remaining before 11pm 31st December 2020 when new procedures will start


Find out how Descartes can help you comply with the revised customs declaration procedures that will be implemented at the end of the Transition Period. 

Get more information

Latest News

BREXIT - An update following the most recently published documents relating to Brexit by the UK Government

Descartes Blog - Martin Meacock

The Scale of Impact


UK VAT registered businesses that trade with the EU only

>200 Million

Additional customs declarations are anticipated in each country 

>4.6 Million

Number of units entering UK major ports per year by lorry

Find out how Descartes can minimise the impact of Brexit on your business.

Find out how to be Brexit ready

Brexit Will Change & Impact a Number of Processes

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Increased Volume of Import & Export Declarations

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Movement of Goods Under Transit 

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Duty Rates are Anticipated to Change  

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Mandatory or Recommended Pre-Arrival Declarations

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Authorised Consignee/Consignor Status to Ease Movement Through RoRo Ports

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Movement of Excise Goods (will become 2 EMCS movements instead of one)

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No Low Value Consignment Relief on VAT into the UK for E-Commerce

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UK Introducing Postponed Accounting VAT

How can Descartes help you with the transition to Brexit?

Descartes’ web-based customs declaration solutions can help you seamlessly move to the new procedures. Our team of experts keeps paces with the regulatory changes to enable a simple transition to post-Brexit customs processes.

Read our BREXIT Checklist to see if you are ready for Brexit

Transition to post-Brexit customs with Descartes

Delays at UK Ports will be inevitable

After the Transition period there will be an increase in customs checks and declarations at UK ports for roll-on roll-off (RoRo) traffic creating delays in goods being released by UK Customs.  

Many companies are now looking at setting up their own External Temporary Storage Facility (ETSF) to mitigate potential delays through UK customs. 

Descartes Pentant software will speed up the process of getting your ETSF approved by HMRC with processes provided for HMRC customs declarations.

Brexit Will Impact Different Countries in Unique Ways

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For All Countries

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  • Portail des douanes et accises: Brexit  
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  • Bundesminesterium Finanzen: Brexit

Descartes Keeps You Informed.
Learn more about the latest situation for Brexit from our Blogs

BREXIT - The Lines are Set

Published February 26th, 2020

More Brexit blogs here

Contact us to understand how our software can help your business be ready for BREXIT with customs declarations, security filing or setting up an ETSF, in time for 31st December 2020. 

Curious how Descartes software can help you make the transition to Brexit? Our team is standing by to answer any questions you might have and to guide you through the customs, logistics and supply chain changes that might occur. Including the UK HMRC's transition to CDS and setting up an ETSF to mitigate delays at UK ports.

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Additional Assistance

If you are looking for help with the following:

  • Product classifications
  • Customs declaration information
  • Staff training
  • HMRC approvals, such as AEO and Customs Warehousing 

Then please feel free to make contact with the customs consultants below who may be able to help you. Mention Descartes for a possible discount on the services they provide

Clear Light Customs -

Strong & Herd -


Forshaw Compliance -

Customs Assured -

Trade Flow Customs Consultancy -