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HMRC: Moving goods between the UK and EU

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HMRC Transition Update: Moving goods between the UK and EU

If you or your business move goods between Great Britain and countries in the EU, you’ll need to follow new customs and tax rules. We know this means change for many businesses, and HMRC is here to help you in several ways. You can:

  • Watch our videos on HMRC’s YouTube channel to familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU
  • Attend our webinars to find out what you need to do now to adjust to new rules and keep your business moving
  • The trader checklist is also still available on GOV‌‌‌‌‌‌.UK to make sure you’re familiar with the new rules that affect you – use our updated guides to understand the new customs and VAT requirements when moving goods between Great Britain and EU countries.
  • There’s also a series of webinars and videos from other government departments to support you
  • You can also sign up to our weekly update ‘News and information about importing and exporting with the EU‘, that provide hints and tips for businesses like yours getting used to the new rules for importing and exporting.

Webinars to register for now:

Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Key processes include – zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader, if you choose to use an intermediary to complete import or export declarations for your business. These are complex and an intermediary can save you a lot of time.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.

What are customs import declarations?: If you import goods, you need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June‌‌ ‌2021. Our webinar helps you to understand more about them, including what’s needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, and delayed import declarations

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

Importing: What you need to know about Staged Controls: This webinar takes you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

Contact us

If you’ve watched our videos, or attended our webinars and feel you’d like more help with importing, exporting or customs reliefs use one of our contact options on GOV‌‌‌.UK.

Protect yourself from scams

Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic. Search ‘scams’ on GOV‌‌‌‌‌‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s new guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cyber crime by searching ‘Cyber Aware’ on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK.

Call our Customs & International Trade helpline on 0300‌‌ ‌322‌‌ ‌9434, for more help with importing, exporting or customs reliefs. The helpline is open‌‌ ‌from 8am‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌10pm‌‌ ‌Monday‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌Friday and‌‌ ‌from 8am‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌4pm at‌‌ ‌week‌‌ends. You can also send us your questions or webchat with us.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Green and Sophie Dean

Katherine Green and Sophie Dean – Directors General, Borders and Trade, HMRC


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