Operating the UK’s largest European groupage hub. Each month Europa transports over 45,000 consignments through its road network, making over 2,000 collections and deliveries every day. Its network trunks into a Dartford 1Hub, from where freight connects with daily, direct services to 30 continental hubs.

Europa has spent the last 12 months developing a simple and effective customs process designed to minimise transit time delays, to preserve transit times and the flow of goods between the UK and Europe after the Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31st December.

The basic premise of the product is that delays are created by the need to contact importers prior to delivery, to agree terms, and collect VAT and duty prior to delivery.  The new product Europa FLOW has been created by Europa and Deloitte and is designed to circumvent these issues.

It achieves this by Europa acting as an EU Global VAT representative for its customers, zero rating EU import VAT and billing duty and fees back to the UK party.

These steps, plus the use of Frontier Declarations, will mean that clearance occurs whilst the goods cross the channel. By the time they arrive on the other side, they are free to deliver.

To deliver the Europa FLOW, the firm has created two strategically located customs brokerage businesses known as ‘Frictionless Trade Services’ in Calais, France as well as Oostende, Belgium.  In addition to the UK team in Dartford.  These operations will manage export and import declarations and all of the associated work required to facilitate the product.

Andrew Baxter, Managing Director of Europa Worldwide Group comments. “The Brexit transition period is quickly coming to an end. Soon all goods travelling between the UK and the EU will need to go through a customs process.

“There are lots of ways to deal with export and import from January 1st but, we’ve looked at every scenario, and we believe that this is the best way to preserve the flow of goods and achieve the same transit times we offer today.

“By using this product our customers will be in the strongest position, we have devised a solution to keep goods moving without friction. Whilst we can’t prevent physical customs checks we can remove every other barrier that delays goods.”

“We believe our simple approach will give British businesses everything required for a successful start to 2021.”

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This is the latest in a series of investments Europa has made since the EU referendum to ensure its customers are ready.  Last year Europa invested over £2m in its Dartford 1hub transit warehouse to increase racking capacity by 75 per cent.

Europa Worldwide Group and has featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for two years running. Europa recently revealed its results for year-ending 31st December 2019, showing another 16.5% growth with a record turnover of £205million.

 

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