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SGS Understands the Challenges of the Movement of Food Going in and out of the EU

April 06, 2021
Agro Merchants

Since January 2021 every shipment moving through the EU now requires an export and import declaration and a T1. This new obligation can create challenges within the food sector. When food is the product being transported, time is of the essence.

SGS United Kingdom Ltd supports many companies within the food sector and Agro Merchants Group is one of the customers who we have helped with customs formalities, when moving their products into the EU from the UK. By working with SGS, Agro Merchants has saved on average 24 hours of transit time on each movement, which in turn lessens the impact on the products shelf life.

Paul Jukes, Managing Director for Agro Merchants says: "We have found SGS very professional in their approach, ensuring we have a robust solution for the export of goods from the UK. SGS have been able to make a very complicated requirement, simple and easy to administer with fantastic turnaround times. Their tiered approach to management- starting with brokerage right up to full automation, made it easy for us to facilitate the change. This affords us the opportunity to scale up to an integrated system in stages that reflect time and capability". 

What makes SGS so efficient:

  • We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • We adopt a fast turnaround on a T1 
  • Traceability of the discharge of T1s
  • SGS guarantee is £200m
  • Our people are highly skilled 
  • We are inviting new customers

To help ease the pressures of customs compliance, SGS can offer a one-stop shop of international trade solutions, supported with in-house software that can help make your Brexit customs declarations simpler and hand you back visibility and control.  

We are already helping thousands of companies, to learn how we can help you please contact

Sue Ladd
Senior Sales Manager – TransitNet
t: +44 (0)1749 340 259
m: +44 (0) 7815 648 497


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