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Brexit - new rules

The Prime Minister announced that the UK has agreed a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union which comes into effect from 1 January 2021.

If you plan to trade with businesses in EU countries, then you will be affected by new customs and tax rules.

Get ready to make customs declarations

These will be needed on all exports from the UK and if you’re importing controlled goods. If you import goods that are not controlled, then you may be able to delay making your declarations for up to 6 months. For more information about making customs declarations go to Gov.UK.

Get expert help lined up

We recommend you get a contract in place as soon as you can with a customs intermediary like a freight forwarder or customs broker. This is especially important if you are exporting or importing controlled goods, as you will not be able to delay your declarations

Make sure that you know how to classify your goods, and how you’ll evidence their origin

Your customs intermediary will also be able to help you ensure your goods are classified correctly. If you do not classify your goods correctly or if you do not accurately record the origin of the goods in your customs declaration, then you may be charged the wrong amount of tax or duty. If you choose not to hire an intermediary, then you will need to do this yourself. You can find more information on classifying goods on Gov.UK.

Northern Ireland Protocol

If you are preparing to move goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, register for the free Trader Support Service.

Further help and ways to contact us

If you need further help:

  • attend one of the free webinars or watch one of the short government films about importing and exporting
  • use the transition checker on Gov.UK to better understand HMRC processes for importing, exporting or customs relief or telephone the Customs and International Trade Helpline on 0300 322 9434
  • contact Make UK.This is a national networking organisation for UK manufacturers and are offering to provide free advice on exporting to overseas. They can provide help on specific countries rules and what you need to do.

We have a team set up who can direct you to available support and offer clear guidance on what you need to do. You can also contact us by: