WHAT IS AN EORI?
- “Economic Operator Registration and Identification” is a registration and identification number issued by the HMRC, allowing businesses to import or export physical goods.
- EORI Number is 12 digits long. It will start with GB and include your VAT number.
- Without one you will incur delays and storage costs, as HMRC won’t be able to clear your goods.
- You won’t need an EORI number to trade with Northern Ireland and Ireland.
HOW DO I GET AN EORI?
- If you are VAT registered in the UK, you will automatically receive an EORI number.
- If you are not VAT registered, you won’t receive one automatically but still need one to trade outside of the UK.
- Apply for an EORI number here.
- The application takes 5-10 minutes. You should receive the number straight away. If HMRC needs to complete more checks it can take up to 5 days.
WHAT IS A COMMODITY CODE?
- A commodity code will classify your good and allow you to complete a customs declaration and check what customs duties or VAT you need to pay and what relief is available.
- Find your commodity code.
WILL YOU BE USING STAGED OR FULL EU IMPORT CONTROLS?
- From January until June 2021, you can choose to delay the declaration of goods for up to six months after import.
- This will enable you to defer the payment of customs duties and VAT.
- Ensure you keep all records of the imported goods.
- You will need to submit a supplementary declaration to HRMC within six months of the goods import.
- To complete a supplementary declaration, you need to be authorized for Simplified Declaration Procedure (SDP) and have a Duty Deferment Account.
- Or you can use existing customs procedures to complete a full declaration when the imported EU goods arrive at the UK border.
- We recommend using full EU import controls, if you are already making full declarations with the rest of the world.
HOW DO I COMPLETE A CUSTOMS DECLARATION?
A customs declaration is an official document that lists and gives details of goods that are being imported or exported. You need to make customs declarations if you are:
- Importing goods into the UK from countries outside of the UK.
- Exporting goods into the UK from countries outside of the UK.
You can complete your own customs declarations:
- If you are dealing with a high volume of declarations (2000+ per annum), we recommend familiarising yourself with the relevant softwares, expertise and port connections to complete them yourself.
- How many customs declarations will you need to make?
- Using the ‘National Export System’ (a computer-based system allowing export declarations to be made electronically, replacing manual processing).
- Register for the National Export System
- A full declaration of goods must be submitted before your goods arrive at the port to prevent delays.
Alternatively you can use an intermediary or customs agent to complete your customs declarations.
- Finding a customs agent or intermediary should be prioritised due to the shortage of trained customs agents and increasing volume of declarations to prevent delays and fines.
- Prepare for the transaction costs of declarations. An import declaration will cost around £55, while an export declaration will cost around £25.
- ChamberCustoms is a customs advisory, training and brokerage service delivered through Chambers of Commerce across the UK.
DO I NEED A DUTY DEFERMENT ACCOUNT (DDA)?
- If you import goods regularly or represent importers and pay duty on those goods, you can apply for a DDA.
- A DDA account allows the payment of customs charges (including customs duty, excise duty, and import VAT) to be delayed. Charges can be paid once a month through Direct Debit instead of being paid on individual consignments.
- You can receive a £10,000 per month DDA to ease cash flow problems.
- If you do not pay duty on your goods you will not need a DDA.
- If you already have a DDA of £10,000 or less you will automatically be given a DDA of £10,000.
- Due to the short application window and high volume of applicants, we recommend applying for a DDA early.
- Read more about DDA and the application process.
HOW DO I SET UP POSTPOSED VAT ACCOUNTING?
- Postponed VAT accounting will be available to VAT registered businesses for imports of goods from all countries, including from the EU.
- This means businesses can account for VAT on the goods they import through their periodic VAT return, rather than paying VAT at the UK border crossing.
- This will apply from 1st January onwards.
- Read more on operating this system.
ARE YOUR GOODS CONTROLLED? (DRUGS, PLANT LIFE) OR EXCISE? (WINE, SPIRITS, CHEMICALS)
If you are moving controlled goods, you will need to:
- Complete a full customs declaration ( You cannot delay the declaration of controlled goods)
- Ensure you have the correct licensing requirements.
Can I use Simplified Customs Declarations?
- Using simplified processes will result in fewer requirements at the UK border, although additional customs information will still be required at a later date via a supplementary declaration.
- You will need authorization to use these processes. You will need to demonstrate a good compliance record (i.e maintaining customs records)
Decide which Simplified Customs Declarations you will be using:
- Entry in Declarant’s Records (EIDR) means you as the importer will record customs information in your commercial records instead of through HMRC systems. More information available here.
- Simplified Declarations Procedure (SDP) will require a simplified frontier declaration to be submitted during the import. More information available here.
The information provided on this page does not constitute legal advice and is subject to change in line with government rules and laws. While BritCham will endeavour to keep the information on these pages as current as possible, we advise you to seek expert independent legal advice an any matters relevant to your situation