Free Trade Zones are customs-approved sites that offer tax breaks and exemptions to strategically-important businesses … but how do they work? In this beginner’s guide to Free Trade Zones, we’ll explain how these special economic zones work and why they exist. We’ll talk you through some of the pros and cons of running a business […]
Our latest research and predictions on Brexit
Our Brexit-related new stories are our attempt at getting clarity on a developing situation. We reserve the right to update these news articles as and when new laws and international agreements come into force.
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Hiring a Customs Clearance Service: A Beginner’s Guide
Do you need a Customs Clearance service? How does it work, what’s included in the service and what kinds of transport business can deliver it for you? In this guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about Customs Clearance. We’ll explain the different services that fall under the umbrella of Customs Clearance, show you […]
Customs To & From Northern Ireland: What businesses need to do
Moving goods on a business-to-business basis through the North? There are certain steps that you should take to comply with EU and UK customs laws. In this article, we’ll explain the basic due diligence you’ll need to carry out when moving goods from the UK to the EU via Northern Ireland. We’ll explain the paperwork […]
Brexit Transition Period: What happens next?
It’s been almost a month since the UK formally left the European Union, which means we’ve got about ten months left to sort out a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK. What happens next, what has been agreed so far and when will those of us trading with the UK know more about tax, customs […]
UKCA: Britain’s New Post-Brexit Quality Standard
After Brexit, the EU’s main product standard will be replaced by a brand new UK equivalent: the UKCA mark. This week we look at why, how and when the UK will replace the CE mark. We’ll also explain some of the steps that Irish manufacturers and distributors need to take now to get ready for […]
Third Country Customs: How it all works
If the UK becomes a third country after Brexit, Irish customs authorities will have to process 12 times as many import/export declarations, and a whopping 100 times as many transit declarations. This week’s article looks at the current third country customs procedures in the EU, and what those of us who trade with the UK […]
HS Codes: A Short Guide
For those of us planning to trade with the UK after Brexit, HS codes will soon become a fact of life. Find out what HS codes are, how they work and how to use them on this week’s article. What is an HS Code? An HS code is a 6 digit number used to […]
UK Election 2019: What it means for Brexit
The ballot papers have been counted, and it’s official: the UK’s Conservative party won by a landslide. As of this morning, the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January is practically certain. What do these election results mean for those of us in the Irish Transport industry, what happens next, and what should we […]
Baku GLS at the FTA Council Meeting
It’s been a busy week here at Baku GLS! On Wednesday, Baku’s Mary Mullins and Phil Cassidy attended FTA Ireland’s council meeting, where Mary gave a talk on the AEO application process before we were formally presented with our TruckSafe Silver Standard certification. Find out all about the FTA Ireland Summit in this week’s article. […]
Baku GLS awarded AEO Status!
Baku GLS have today been awarded AEO status! AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) is the gold standard for international supply chain operators in Europe. It’s an accreditation that’s recognised around the globe, and it’s only awarded to the most reliable operators with an exceptional track record. Fewer than 250 companies in Ireland hold this prestigious accreditation, […]
Temporary Storage Facilities: A Short Guide
The Baku GLS warehouse in Rosslare is now a Temporary Storage Facility (TSF). As a TSF, we can now hold non-EU goods, not yet cleared by customs, for up to 90 days. We believe that TSFs will play an especially important role in the Irish supply chain as soon as the UK leaves the EU. […]
Baku GLS on RTE News at Nine
Did you catch the RTE News at Nine yesterday? Baku’s very own Mary Mullins was interviewed as part of an RTE News special Brexit report on Rosslare Port. Well done to Mary, who has been heading up our Brexit preparations for some time now and did us proud. You can still watch the special report […]
Johnson’s New Deal: What’s the Difference?
Following weeks of intense negotiations, the UK and EU published a fresh new Brexit deal yesterday, dramatically improving the chances of an orderly departure on 31st October. In this week’s article we look at what’s changed in this new Brexit deal, what the deal could mean for those of us in the Irish transport industry, […]
Positive & Promising: NI/ROI Border Developments
Following “very positive and promising” private talks with Boris Johnson yesterday, Leo Varadkar announced that he could see a “pathway towards an agreement in the coming weeks”. With tentative progress being made on a workable Brexit deal between Varadkar and Johnson, it’s possible that we may, at long last, be seeing some light at the […]
October’s No-Deal Brexit Checklist
Brexit Day is less than a month away, and we still don’t have a deal between the UK and the EU. As part of our contingency plans, we’ve put together a checklist of basic steps that our clients can take now to prepare for what happens after Brexit Day. You might not be able to […]
Back to work: Yesterday’s UK Supreme Court ruling
Yesterday, the UK’s Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend, or prorogue, parliament for five weeks was unlawful. As a result, MPs have returned to the debating chamber at Westminster today, three weeks earlier than the Prime Minister had planned. As the 31st October Brexit deadline marches ever closer, we look at what […]
Delivered Duty Paid: Your Responsibilities as an Exporter
After Brexit Day, Irish exporters using DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) Incoterms will find themselves responsible for customs compliance on any shipments moving into the UK. What impact might Brexit have on these DDP contracts, what are the customs costs likely to be, and what can Irish exporters using DDP Incoterms do to prepare? What […]
Operation Yellowhammer: what do we need to know?
It has been another interesting week at Westminster. Moments before Boris Johnson shut down Parliament for five weeks, the UK’s House of Commons managed to squeeze in a quick vote calling for the disclosure of all documents related to Operation Yellowhammer. What exactly is Operation Yellowhammer, what’s in the Yellowhammer memo, and how does it […]
10 weeks until a no-deal Brexit …maybe
Getting a sense of deja vu? You’re not alone! Brexit Day is once again 10 weeks away, with no prospect of a deal in sight and political infighting rearing its ugly head in Westminster. What’s different now, compared to the same time six months ago, what are the odds of a no-deal Brexit on 31 […]
Clear Customs Initiative: Getting Ireland Brexit Ready
Have you registered for the Clear Customs Initiative yet? Launched earlier this month, Clear Customs is a support programme designed to give Irish exporters, customs agents & intermediaries the tools they need to build their customs capacity. Backed by Government, Enterprise Ireland, CILT, the IEA and the IIFA, this new initiative gives every affected business […]
Transporting chemicals by road: a guide to ADR
If you need to transport chemicals by road (or any other goods that could be harmful to people, property or the environment), then you’ll need to follow ADR rules in almost every UN member nation This article explains the ADR classification system, the rules surrounding chemical transport and the impact that Brexit might have on […]
Good News from Stena Line & Dublin Port
The international trading landscape is evolving, and Irish transport businesses have plenty of reasons to be cheerful about the future. The next phase of development in Dublin Port’s 2040 Masterplan is about to begin, and we’ll start to see more capacity on Stena Line routes to & from UK ports from early next year. Stena […]
This Year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in this year’s CBRE AIB Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index. Overall confidence in the market has fallen, but the majority of businesses in Ireland’s supply chain expect to increase turnover and profits in the next 12 months. Warehouse demand is up, and Brexit expectations are shifting, […]
Mrs May’s New Brexit Deal: What Happens Now?
It has been a tough week for Theresa May. Following a collapse in cross-party Brexit talks, on Tuesday Mrs May made a last ditch-attempt to avoid a no-deal departure with her announcement of a ‘New Brexit Deal’. Today, with many details of the deal still a mystery, Theresa May has agreed to stand down as […]
4th Time Lucky: the UK’s next Brexit Vote
On Tuesday 4th June, MPs in Westminster will vote again on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the same bill that has already been rejected three times in the past six months. Why have MPs decided to vote again on the same bill, what are the chances of the bill getting passed this time, and how […]
Customs after Brexit: Tariff Rates on UK Imports
When the UK leaves the EU, what new customs duties will be payable, how much will these duties be, and who will end up bearing the cost of any increases? This has been the question on everyone’s lips in the transport industry, and until recently, it was impossible to get a reliable answer. Thanks to […]
Customs after Brexit: CHIEF and CDS
Hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK and EU will need to make customs declarations for the first time in the weeks following Brexit. The UK’s tax authorities are upgrading their customs IT infrastructure at the same time, creating uncertainty around which systems to use and when. In this article, we look at the […]
Breaking the Brexit Deadlock: What Happens Next?
The risk of a no-deal Brexit on 1st June fell this week as the UK began to prepare for European Parliamentary elections. By going ahead with European elections on 23 May, the UK meets the terms of the 31 October flextension; they now have six months to put together a Brexit plan and avoid a […]
Flextension: the new Brexit timelines
The Brexit calendar shifted again this week when the EU27 agreed a flexible extension, pushing Brexit Day back for a third time to 31 October 2019. We take a look at what this new flexible extension (‘flextension’) might mean for the transport industry, what could happen next, and how best to prepare for the months […]
Preparing for No-Deal: Customs Procedures at UK Ports
There’s just one week left until 12 April, and the UK parliament are still no closer to a workable withdrawal agreement. With one week to go, we look at what EU clients can do now to prepare goods for movement through UK ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Customs Declarations: Arriving at a […]