EFS Brexit Update

Dear Client,

By now we had hoped to be able to give clear and precise information and instructions on the implications of Brexit as far as transport is concerned to and from the EU. Unfortunately, given the situation is still very unclear, we are unable to do this. However we can reassure you that Eurosprint are well prepared for life outside of the EU and also offer some recommendations on things you may wish to consider ahead of our departure.

Authorised Economic Operator – AEO

Eurosprint Freight Services are in the process of securing AEO status and anticipate this to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019. This is the highest level of certification available and includes customs simplification, security and safety. There is a general opinion that AEO status will be vital to all forwarders for life outside of the EU.

Eurosprint Deferment Account

Swift payment of taxes and duties on behalf of the importer may become necessary to ensure efficient clearance and delivery of all EU shipments. Eurosprint deferment facilities have been increased to cater for this.


How would a 1-2 day delay effect your business? Storage is available for any client that wishes to build up additional stock in preparation for delays in the supply chain following our departure from the EU. In a “no deal” scenario delays are likely.

Bonded Warehousing

Eurosprint are increasing the number of bonded warehouse facilities we have in the UK, these are Government approved facilities that allow us to hold cargo securely and defer VAT/DUTY payments whilst cargo is “under bond”


Customs Clearance is not a new thing for Eurosprint, over half of the shipments we handle are to or from Countries outside of the EU. We already have a dedicated team of customs experts and will be providing additional training to other staff members alongside a recruitment drive if necessary, to cope with any additional customs work required.


We are registered to receive all Brexit updates from the government as they happen and have been attending, and will continue to attend, any Brexit related workshops available. These workshops are open to anyone involved in International trade.


It is highly likely that additional information will be required for goods travelling to and from the EU in 2019 and we are advising clients to prepare themselves for the following-

 It is possible that any business trading with the EU will require a VAT and EORI number. You can apply for a EORI number via www.gov.uk/eori

 A customs tariff number may be required for each of your products, you can find help and advice here – www.gov.uk/trade-tariff – this is a completely free Government service.

 A detailed description and breakdown of your goods against each tariff number may need to be shown on all packing lists and invoices post Brexit.

As more information becomes available we will provide clients with updates. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact a member of the office should you have any specific questions and we will do all we can to help you. Please be assured, no matter what the final outcome, Eurosprint are ready to help our clients

Kind Regards

The Directors
Eurosprint Freight Services

Recent Fraud Warnings to Overseas

We have received information that a number of UK courier company names are being used in places such as Canada, Australia and the USA offering a service for the delivery of keys for residential lettings.

The basis of the “scam” is the tenant pays a rental deposit locally and then a courier company will deliver the keys – the owner of the property shown on the lease agreement is based in the UK hence these fraudsters using a UK courier company.

Inevitably the keys are never delivered, they don’t exist, and the local tenant is left chasing a UK courier company for the keys or return of their deposit.


Navigating a TIME-CRITICAL Shipment

Eurosprint guides us through it

Manufacturers have become a lot more efficient in recent years in an effort to reduce ‘emergency transport’ and whilst this has had an impact on the time critical sector there are a number of factors which make it just as important today as ever. You can’t predict a production line failing, goods not meeting quality standards or even just plain and simple human error.

There will always be a requirement for time critical transport and when that happens it is important you have a trusted supplier that is contactable 24/7. Time Critical can refer to any consignment that needs a little more care and attention than moving via a typical delivery network.

This can include anything from automotive parts to stage lighting, even football kit! These goods may be time sensitive, for example, if they are necessary to keep a production line going which is common in the automotive and aviation sectors. They may also be high value or fragile goods which although not needed urgently will be shipped on a time critical basis due to the high risk associated. So what should you consider before making a decision on a time critical shipment?

  • Assess the cargo: look at the weight and sizes and think
    about how the cargo is loaded and unloaded. Are the
    goods hazardous or temperature controlled? From this
    you can determine the size and type of vehicle needed.
    If the shipment is small enough you may even consider
    sending via an ‘on-board courier’.
  • Transit time: look at when the goods are needed,
    whether it’s delivering out of hours and decide whether
    you will need one driver or 2 to make the transit time.
  • The product: are the goods packed correctly? Have you
    factored in additional insurance for high value goods?
  • The cost: can the cost be reduced by dispatching earlier?
    Can you co-load? Is there anything to return?
  • What happens if we don’t deliver on time: this is the
    driving influence when making a decision on time critical
    freight! What are the consequences if the shipment fails?

One particularly tricky shipment took quick thinking and a lot of coordination. We received a call on a Friday evening at the end of the month informing us that an oil rig was on fire in the North Sea. We had to collect certain parts from several points in the UK and deliver to Aberdeen immediately. After evaluating the cargo, most of which was hazardous and over 11 metres long, we put forward a collection schedule to the client. Thankfully the parts arrived on time early Saturday morning as requested. A number for your mobile phone 0121 785 0666 – you never know
when you might need it!

Clay Cartwright, Director, Eurosprint Freight Services

Featured in Forwarder magazine | April 2016