by BFFF
Mar 3rd, 2021
3 mins
BFFF

How to avoid delays at border control posts (BCPs)

While there has been a reduction in both the number of vehicles stopped at EU BCPs and the time taken to process them, there are still reports of many non-compliant exports.

The Government are working closely with the EU Commission and individual BCPs to resolve documentation issues.

Exporters’ BCP checklist

1) Prepare the paperwork for your exports as early as possible.

2) You need a customs agent based in the EU, who is local to the port you are using.

3) Ensure your goods travel through a point of entry with a BCP that’s able to process your consignment.

4) Your importer or agent must notify the BCP of the arrival of your goods as part of the pre-notification process.

 BCP top tips for avoiding delays

Make sure:

·       you have the right certificate

·       it is completed accurately

·       any erasures, overwrites or strikethroughs are officially signed/stamped

·       it is translated where necessary.

For physical checks, make sure:

·       your packaging is intact

·       suitable containers are used for food products

·       frozen goods are properly insulated.

Useful links

  • To find an EU BCP that can take your goods click here
  • For a step-by-step guide to exporting goods from the UK to the EU, click here.

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