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Brexit help

The UK has left the EU and the Brexit transitional period has ended.

The UK has now left the single market and is no longer a member of the EU. A deal has been struck between the UK and the EU, however there are still many changes to consider if you import our products.

We are working very hard to get to grips with all the post-Brexit changes and rules. At the moment we have paused exporting to the EU, including NI and ROI, so we can prepare to the best of our ability.

There’s a lot of information on line to help your business, and we are working hard to gather as much information as possible to help customers where we can through this difficult time of change.

If you have any questions or need any further information please feel free to email internationalsales@suma.coop who will gladly help as best they can. We also recommend that you do your own research to help give yourself the best understanding possible.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland (NI) is still part of the UK but the open border between north and south meaning that NI must now adhere to the same customs procedures as those between the UK and EU. A ‘border’ has been created between GB and NI. Please note that there are no changes to VAT as NI is still in the UK.


Brexit FAQs


It is easy to apply for an EORI number, just search on your government website for more information.
For NI customers you will need NI (starting with XI) and GB EORI numbers. You can apply for those here.

Yes
Our UK EORI number is
GB313417003000


Yes
Our reference number is
GBEIR313417003000120190301113622


Yes
Our Duty Deferment Account number is
9092375


Our VAT number is
GB 313 417 003

Organic products cannot move from UK to NI*/EU without a Certificate of Inspection (CoI). This is something we can produce at an additional cost**. To import organic products, you must be registered as an organic importer on TRACESNT, and you also must hold a valid organic license to import. There is a lot of information about this on the Soil Association website from a UK perspective, but it may help you too.

*please note there is a three-month grace period relating to organic specific checks at borders from goods travelling from GB to NI, but only for goods intended to be sold in NI.
**cost to be confirmed.


Exporting dairy or POAO (including honey) will require an Export Health Certificate (EHC) for each individual product you order. At the moment we cannot export any product containing POAO as we are still navigating our way through the EHC information. We will update this as soon as we can. There will be an extra cost associated with the completion of each EHC.

If you import products from the UK (Suma), you must be aware that, depending on where they originate from, you will be responsible for paying any tariffs that potentially could apply.
Under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), goods that are imported into the EU will be eligible for zero tariffs if they have UK-originating status. The originating status is the ‘economic nationality’ of each product and will be shown on your invoice. Please note that for a product to be assigned UK-originating status, it must be either wholly obtained in the UK, produced from exclusively UK or EU originating materials, or sufficiently processed in the UK according to product-specific rules. To highlight, products that are shipped from the UK may not necessarily be UK-originating.
Either Suma as exporter or you as importer can claim preference on our UK-originating goods, based on our origin declaration statement on the invoice or through ‘importer’s knowledge’.
Goods that do not meet the rules of origin can still be imported into the EU but they will not be able to benefit from preference under the TCA and may have to pay the standard (“Most Favoured Nation”) tariffs that the EU apply to imports.

At the moment we are working hard to collate all costs. We will update you with information as soon as we can.

Incoterms are very important as they show the responsibility between buyer and seller. Suma will offer EXWORKS, FCA and DAP incoterms. We regrettably cannot offer DDP.

At the moment we are unable to ship body care/cosmetic items to the EU and NI, as there are several strict requirements for these types of products. In terms of cleaning products/detergents, we advise that you check this as each country differs with the requirements for these.

We are expecting longer order turnaround times. Please bear with us, as we too are working through the changes. The completion of certification is going to add extra time, as is making sure orders travel through customs without any issues.

We are still investigating label requirements at this time and will update as soon as possible.

Extra information for once we can take your orders again

Once your order has been placed, you will not be able to amend it, or place additional items to it. This is due to strict invoicing requirements to which Suma now has to adhere. We cannot accept any amendments once certification applications have been made.

Chilled items – These items usually have a reduced shelf life which needs to be taken into consideration if there are any delays at the point of crossing the border. You cannot order chilled items that require an Export Health Certificate at this time.

We have been advised by our freight forwarders that if all documents and invoices are not in place (of which they will ask for evidence) they will not collect the shipment. We will of course work as fast as possible, but the extra paperwork and documentation will have an impact on the turnabout time from ordering to delivery.

We recommend that you research the exact requirements for your country, and make sure you are up to speed as much as you can be.