Where To Find Help – Eu-exit

If you have been importing or exporting to/from Europe recently, you will have experienced the potential customs delays since Brexit officially happened at the beginning of 2021. Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure we can make this transition for our customers as smooth as possible, however it goes without saying there has still been some bumps in the road. You may need more information on this subject, we advise the following helpful links for you.


The Government website has a list of helpful articles for both businesses and individuals to use to see what is relevant to them.


For Importing



For Exporting



Other helplines you may find useful;

HMRC Customs & International Trade – 0300 322 9434

HMRC Imports and Exports General Enquires – 0300 200 3700

BEIS Business Support England – 0800 998 1098


We keep up with the latest information for all shipping and therefore, do not hesitate to get in touch with your questions.

Port Congestion In The Last 6 months, Why?

The entire supply chain was affected and disrupted in the 2nd half of 2020.

It first started at origin in the spring/early summer in 2020, it later spread to Europe, this subsequently led to re-routing, or cancelling port calls

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 and sailings, escalating the duration of the round trips.

The condition consequently was exacerbated by extra health checks and prerequisites introduced at ports throughout the globe in effort to fight Covid-19.

Furthermore, the whole pattern of trade was interrupted. Fewer consignments were moved, it was taking longer to clear cargo and resume empties for reuse, proceeding to countless containers being incorrectly placed.

Moreover, a considerable change in consumer expenditure meant there was an intensified demand at an already peak season.

The new unfamiliar pattern of consumer spending, the outcome of opening and closing the economy, the predictable escalation in demand for Christmas, importers over-stocking pre-Brexit, all had momentous influences.

UK ports were unprepared for this unexpected extra spike, combined with the aspect that it had become challenging to get in touch with customers or they were incapable of taking delivery of goods, because their storage facilities were either closed, or fully occupied.

Unfortunately UK ports have a somewhat set capacity hence they cannot increase short-term demand straightforwardly.

All these components lead to the foundation of a “perfect storm” state of affairs.

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UK Port Delays

Through unprecedented times, shipping lines continue to announce delays across all UK Ports. We continue to work with our partners to ensure operations run as smoothly as possible. If you do have any concerns, please contact our Sea Imports Team – seaimports@sandforduk.com

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The Sandford Newsletter – December 2020

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