Importing and Exporting goods

  • Zero tariffs and zero quotas will be placed on goods moving between the EU and UK – provided they meet the Rules of Origin requirements. 
  • Import and export declarations must now be completed when goods cross the UK/EU border.
  • to import into the UK, EU or Northern Ireland, EORI (import ID) numbers will be needed.

Import Guidance

EU goods entering the U.K do not initially need to meet the full customs requirements.

    • A ‘phased-in approach’ will be in place for the first six months, where requirements will gradually increase between January and July 2021.
    • Most traders will therefore not have to make import customs declarations on 1 January 2021.

Your business should follow these procedures:

  • You can register for simplified import procedures which will give you extra time to complete your customs declarations
  • Find out what customs duty you will need to pay on imported goods.
  • You will need to apply for an online account to defer paying your customs duties, import VAT and excise duties.
  • You can use this service to determine what UK Global Tariff will apply to your imported goods from January 2021:
    • Please note: you will need your commodity code or a description of your product to use this service.
  • You should familiarize yourself with the new electronic platforms being developed by the UK government.

Export Guidance

Ensure that the recipients of your goods are ready to receive these goods in their home country.

  • Are the recipients of your goods following customs procedures and are prepared to send you the relevant paperwork i.e import declaration forms?
  • Consider whether your local postal service, courier or hauler need any extra info from you.
  • Be prepared for disruption at the UK border, due to new processing systems, lack of infrastructure and understaffing.
  • Trucks will need to complete all mandatory paperwork before reaching the border, to prevent long queues and delays.