Guidance has been issued by Government on the Import and Export of Goods from and to the EU from 1 January 2021 with waste requirements detailed from page 83. The EA has issued a communication on their progress with Member States in getting agreement on the continuity of consented notified shipments from 1 January.

From 1 January 2021 there will be new arrangements for the movement of waste between the UK and the EU.

The UK is a party to the Basel Convention and a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK will be treated in the same way as any other OECD country or any country party to the Basel convention that intends to export waste to an EU country. The current waste shipments procedures will still apply.

If you are an exporter, you’ll need to make yourself aware of the EU customs guidelines and the EU Waste Shipment Regulations.

They require:

  • waste exporters to complete waste notification and waste movement forms with details of the Customs Office of Entry into the EU and, if relevant, the Customs of Exit from the EU
  • waste carriers to provide a copy of the waste movement document to the Customs Office of Entry into the EU, if requested (if exporting through a German Customs Office, a copy of the waste movement document must always be provided)
  • UK exporters to check that any transport of waste within the EU is carried out by an appropriately authorised waste carrier

Some EU Member States require shipments of waste to enter, or exit, though a designated Customs Office. You’ll need to check the list of designated customs offices in EU Member States.