Ratification of the EU withdrawal agreement was finally confirmed on the 23rd of January. The EU is now due to vote on this at the end of the month (30/01/20).  This will require a majority of the members of the EU parliament however this expected to only be a formality and the UK is therefore expected to begin the formal process of withdrawal the day after (31st).

The UK will then enter a transition period until the end of the year, during this period the UK will still be in the EU but it will lose its seat on the EU parliament and have no direct involvement in new laws or policies, however it must still comply with any new ones until the time of complete withdrawal. In its present form this period could potentially be extended by a year or two but this would have to be agreed by both parties, this is something that Boris Johnson has pledged not to do but only time will tell whether it is deemed necessary.

Cargo movements and Interstat declarations will continue to be processed as normal and all cargo can still move freely within the EU during this transition period.

We at Zenith firmly believe we are prepared for any Brexit eventuality, whether that’s the same model as we currently have with Switzerland with documentation both sides and customs clearance in the middle or the simpler version of just a single customs clearance entry on exit from the UK.

If you have any issues, comments or concerns about Brexit then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at sales@zen-intl.co.uk