Due to the invasion of Ukraine, and the thousands of refugees it has created, there is a humanitarian crisis developing on the Ukrainian border. In an effort to help, Hendrick European, Virginia Transport, twenty members of The Pallet Network Ireland, and other Irish hauliers are arranging for the collection of essential goods to be shipped from Ireland to a distribution centre (Hrubieszowski Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji) in Hrubieszow, a town beside the Ukrainian border in Poland.
Chief Executive of TPN Ireland and Independent Express Cargo Eamon Sullivan says: “No one can fail to be moved by the needless suffering of so many women and children fleeing war. Those of us in logistics have the resources, the contacts and the ability to help them and it is incumbent upon us to do so. We thank our customers in advance for their generosity in helping us provide some relief to these refugees.”
TPN Ireland is not at this stage requesting support from its English, Welsh or Scottish counterparts in THE Pallet Network, in case goods are delayed by the need for Customs clearances.
It seems Brexit will never be quite “done”. It is certainly set to have ongoing changes on customs regulations and ever-changing stages of implementation throughout 2022.
While the Northern Ireland protocol continues to be an area of dispute between the UK and the EU, there won’t be a definite settled position on customs processes for us.
While there are no customs processes between Ireland North and South, there should not be any freight from the UK mainland destined for the ROI (Republic of Ireland) travelling via Northern Ireland unless full customs clearance is effected when passing through Northern Ireland.
GB shipments coming into the ROI have full and complete processes now in place and these should not have any further changes relating to Brexit.
However this is not the case at UK ports for exports coming from the ROI. All changes to ROI imports are postponed for the moment but may be implemented at short notice anytime.
While the N IRL protocol is still being argued, a different timetable is being applied to imports into GB from the ROI as compared to the rest of the EU.
At different stages throughout 2022 GB plans to start implementing import controls on food and agri products from the EU that involve health and veterinary certs not required up to now.
Bear in mind the below timetable only applies to shipments from the rest of the EU, not ROI, to GB
Extract from Revenue and Customs sited below set out the timetables and some details :
“UK Import and Customs Controls due to be introduced on 1 January 2022 have been postponed for goods from Ireland
On 15 December, the UK government announced that they are, “to extend, on a temporary basis, the current arrangements for moving goods from the island of Ireland to Great Britain . . . goods moving from the island of Ireland directly to Great Britain will continue to do so on the basis of the arrangements that apply currently, until further notice; and will not, for now, be affected by the changes being introduced on 1 January for all other inbound goods.” This means, until further notice, for goods moving from Ireland directly to Great Britain there is:
no requirement for pre-notification of SPS products. (It is important to note that only applies for those exporters that are not already subject to pre-notification requirements)
no requirement for pre-lodgement of UK customs declarations
no requirement for compliance with full UK import controls and
no requirement to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS).
The requirement for compliance with existing requirements for full EU export formalities and use of the PBN for goods moving via RoRo ferry, as well as the existing UK formalities in relation to controlled goods e.g. alcohol, continues and are not changed. “ “ Preparing for the introduction of changes The postponement of the changes due to take effect on 1 January 2022 is temporary. Irish businesses exporting to the UK are strongly advised to continue to prepare and be ready for the full introduction of UK import and customs controls in 2022. Irish businesses should be mindful that the lead-in time to their commencement once announced, could be quite short.”
Below is an update from HM customs in GB
Original Proposed Date
Revised Date of Introduction
Full Customs declarations and controls
1 January 2022
Postponed until further notice for goods moving directly from Ireland to Great Britain. Requirements will apply for UK imports from other EU Member States and for goods transported from EU countries to Ireland via Great Britain either under transit or vi a distribution hub in GB.
Pre-notification of SPS goods
1 October 2021
Postponed until further notice for goods moving directly from Ireland to Great Britain unless it was already in place. Requirements will apply for UK imports from other EU Member States and for goods transported from EU countries to Ireland via Great Britain either under transit or vi a distribution hub in GB
Safety and security declarations on entry to the UK (ENS declarations)
1 January 2022
1 July 2022
Export Health/ Phytosanitary Certificates and physical/identity checks on animal by-products; plant and plant products; meat and meat products; high-risk food not of animal origin
1 January 2022
1 July 2022
Export Health Certificates and physical checks on all dairy products
1 January 2022
1 September 2022
Export Health Certificates and physical checks on all remaining products of animal origin including composite and fish products
A new truck and trailer has gone into service between the TPN Ireland Hub in Dublin and the TPN UK Hub in Minworth. The handsome new livery updates the look and reflects the ever closer relationship between the two networks.
The Pallet Network is currently open and intends to stay open in the current Covid-19 crisis despite the substantial drop in freight volumes. Transport companies are deemed frontline in the fight against Covid-19, and we are no exception. We have many staff who are operating from home, and our phones and emails are being covered as normal.
Our 24-strong, pallet network, is operating in all locations. We may experience a slower service to some parts of the country during this period, but the plan and intention is to continue to offer nationwide delivery and collection. Working with our sister network, TPN UK, we are also continuing to offer our standard UK import export service.
If you have any queries please contact your local TPN depot.
Thank you for your support and cooperation, and we hope that you will all stay safe and healthy in this very difficult and uncertain time.
TPN Chairman, Owen Cooke, was interviewed recently by Simon Carswell for The Irish Times about Brexit preparation. Those interviewed for the piece include the Irish Exporters Association, the Irish International Freight Association, and ISME (Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association). All have expressed alarm at the lack of appropriate warehousing capacity available with a no-deal Brexit seeming more and more likely by the day.
“There is a very, very little capacity anywhere in the supply chain and October is the peak in general terms in all sectors so if there was a crash-out then, all hell would break loose.”