HMRC guidance on trading with the EU in 2021

HMRC is contacting businesses that move goods between Great Britain and the European Union to explain what they need to do to be able to trade with the EU from 1 January 2021.

Businesses that import and export between GB and the EU need to prepare now for that new procedures for moving goods to and from the EU from January, including:

  • making sure they have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
  • deciding how they will make customs declarations and contacting a customs intermediary to help move their goods.
  • checking if their imported goods are eligible for staged import controls.

An HMRC spokesman said: “These actions are vital for businesses to be able to keep trading with the EU – they will not change regardless of the outcome of the government’s negotiations with the EU.

“The letter we’ve sent to over 200,000 VAT registered businesses is published on GOV.UK. We have also launched a short video explaining how a customs intermediary can help businesses manage customs processes. Businesses that move goods in and out of the UK and are new to the customs processes may find this video helpful.”

All the revenue’s recent videos about importing and exporting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/ya5lfg6v

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