top of page

Contact us: +44(0) 203 443 9815  contact@tradephlo.com

  • Qing Chen

windsor framwork and tradePhlo to automate its documention

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

What is WINDSOR framework?

The Windsor Framework refers to a set of arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) for managing customs cooperation after the UK’s departure from the EU. The framework is named after Windsor Castle, where the initial negotiations took place between the UK and the EU in 2018. The Windsor Framework covers a range of areas related to customs cooperation, including the exchange of information, mutual recognition of customs controls, and cooperation on risk management. The agreement aims to ensure that customs procedures between the UK and the EU continue to operate smoothly and efficiently, despite the UK’s departure from the EU. One of the key objectives of the Windsor Framework is to reduce the administrative burden on businesses by ensuring that customs procedures are as streamlined and efficient as possible. The framework also includes provisions for cooperation on security and law enforcement, including the exchange of information on customs fraud and smuggling. Overall, the Windsor Framework represents a significant step forward in managing customs cooperation between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. While there have been some challenges and uncertainties in the early stages of implementation, the framework provides a solid foundation for ongoing cooperation between the UK and the EU on customs matters.


Tension after Brexit

After the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), there were several trade tensions between the EU and the UK. These tensions arose due to differences in regulatory standards, customs procedures, and the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. One of the main areas of tension was the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was designed to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state). Under the protocol, Northern Ireland remains aligned with some EU regulations and customs procedures, leading to some trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The UK government had initially sought to unilaterally extend some of the grace periods for these checks, leading to a dispute with the EU, which accused the UK of violating the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Another area of tension was the UK’s decision to diverge from some EU regulations and standards, particularly in areas such as food safety, animal welfare, and environmental protection. The EU expressed concerns that this could lead to unfair competition and lower standards, and threatened to impose tariffs on UK goods if the UK did not maintain high regulatory standards. There were also disputes over the implementation of customs procedures, particularly around the use of customs declarations and the requirement for physical checks at the border. The UK had initially proposed a more streamlined approach to customs procedures, but the EU insisted on full customs checks and the use of customs declarations, leading to delays and additional costs for businesses. Overall, these trade tensions highlighted the challenges of negotiating a new relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit, and underscored the need for ongoing cooperation and dialogue between the two trading partners to address these issues. The Windsor Framework and other initiatives aim to provide a stable and predictable framework for future cooperation, but it remains to be seen how these tensions will be resolved in practice.


How it will boost the trade between EU and UK?

The Windsor Framework is expected to boost EU-UK trade by facilitating smoother and more efficient customs procedures between the two trading partners. By reducing the administrative burden on businesses, the framework will help to lower the costs of doing business and improve the overall competitiveness of EU-UK trade. The framework includes a range of measures to streamline customs procedures, such as the mutual recognition of customs controls and cooperation on risk management. These measures will help to reduce delays and costs associated with customs procedures, making it easier for businesses to trade across the EU-UK border. In addition, the framework includes provisions for cooperation on security and law enforcement, which will help to reduce the risk of smuggling and other illicit activities that can disrupt trade. This will help to create a more stable and predictable trading environment for businesses on both sides of the border. The Windsor Framework also provides a foundation for ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU on other trade-related issues, such as the future of services trade and investment. By providing a stable and predictable framework for customs cooperation, the framework helps to create a more positive environment for these negotiations, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome. Overall, the Windsor Framework is expected to have a positive impact on EU-UK trade by reducing costs, improving efficiency, and creating a more stable and predictable trading environment. While there may still be some challenges to overcome in the early stages of implementation, the framework represents an important step forward in the post-Brexit relationship between the EU and the UK.


How CDS and GVMS integrate with this framework?

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) and the Windsor Framework are both related to customs procedures between the UK and the European Union (EU), but they serve different purposes. The CDS is a computer system used by the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to process customs declarations. It replaced the previous system, the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF), in August 2018. The CDS is designed to handle increased volumes of customs declarations following the UK’s departure from the EU. The Windsor Framework, on the other hand, is an agreement between the UK and the EU on customs cooperation after Brexit. It covers a range of areas related to customs cooperation, including the exchange of information, mutual recognition of customs controls, and cooperation on risk management. While the CDS is not directly related to the Windsor Framework, the two are related in the sense that they both aim to facilitate smoother and more efficient customs procedures between the UK and the EU. The CDS is designed to handle the increased volumes of customs declarations that are expected as a result of Brexit, while the Windsor Framework provides a framework for ongoing customs cooperation between the UK and the EU. In practice, the CDS and the Windsor Framework will work together to help businesses to trade across the EU-UK border as smoothly as possible. The CDS will provide a modern and efficient system for processing customs declarations, while the Windsor Framework will provide a stable and predictable framework for customs cooperation between the UK and the EU. Together, these two initiatives will help to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and create a more stable and predictable trading environment for businesses on both sides of the border. The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) is a digital system introduced by the UK government to help manage the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The GVMS is designed to help businesses to move goods across the Irish Sea as smoothly as possible, while also ensuring that customs and regulatory requirements are met. The GVMS is expected to play a key role in the implementation of the Windsor Framework by facilitating the exchange of information between the UK and the EU on the movement of goods. Under the Windsor Framework, the UK and the EU have agreed to share information on the movement of goods between the two trading partners, in order to ensure that customs procedures are as streamlined and efficient as possible. The GVMS will provide a digital platform for businesses to submit information on the movement of goods, including customs declarations and regulatory information. This information can then be shared between the UK and the EU, allowing customs procedures to be processed quickly and efficiently. In addition to facilitating the exchange of information, the GVMS is also expected to help businesses to save time and money by reducing the need for physical checks and inspections at the border. By providing a digital record of goods movements, the GVMS will allow customs officials to carry out checks and inspections remotely, reducing the need for physical inspections and helping to speed up the customs clearance process. Overall, the GVMS is expected to play an important role in the implementation of the Windsor Framework by facilitating the exchange of information and helping to streamline customs procedures between the UK and the EU. By providing a modern and efficient system for managing the movement of goods, the GVMS will help to ensure that businesses can continue to trade smoothly and efficiently across the EU-UK border.


TradePhlo and its significance to the WINDSOR framework

Introducing TradePhlo, the cloud-based automation platform that revolutionizes customs declaration for import and export. Say goodbye to the manual and time-consuming customs declaration process, and hello to a seamless and automated solution. With TradePhlo, you can generate GVMS entry and release your goods from customs faster than ever before. Our innovative platform streamlines the customs declaration process, minimizing costs and reducing the risk of errors. Plus, our platform is fully compliant with HMRC regulations and EMCS requirements, giving you peace of mind that your customs declarations are accurate and efficient. Our platform is easy to use and accessible from anywhere, making it ideal for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a small start-up or a large corporation, TradePhlo can help you save time and money on customs declarations. Our platform is also fully customizable, allowing you to tailor it to your specific business needs. With TradePhlo, you can:

  1. Automate your customs declarations for import and export

  2. Generate GVMS entry to release goods from customs faster

  3. Minimize costs and reduce the risk of errors

  4. Ensure compliance with HMRC regulations and EMCS requirements

  5. Access our platform from anywhere and at any time

  6. Tailor our platform to your specific business needs Say goodbye to the manual customs declaration process and hello to a streamlined and automated solution. Try TradePhlo today and see how our platform can help you save time, reduce costs, and improve your customs declaration process.

8 views0 comments

Opmerkingen


Recent Posts
Categories
Case Studies
Let us take care of your customs clearance & associated complexities
June 2024

[Webinar] AI Revolution in Trade: Transforming Customs with Smart Technology

5 June 2024

E-commerce – Jaslyn Enterprise Ltd
Case Studies
Jaslyn Enterprise is a UK-based e-commerce business with 5000+ products and over 40 categories.
Antique art – MacConnal Mason
Case Studies
With over 120 years of experience, MacConnal-Mason is a family-owned art dealership that specializes in the sale and movement of art pieces between countries.
Logistics – EstoLink Parcelpoint
Case Studies
EstoLink is a logistics company that imports and exports a wide variety of goods. The company was using a customs agent to handle their customs clearance documentation.