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Brexit: New rules are here

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03 May 2021

The following has been circulated by HMRC:

If you move goods between the UK and countries in the EU, you need to follow new customs and tax rules.

Your business will be affected by the new rules if you:

  • buy goods from an EU seller and bring them into the UK
  • send goods you’ve sold to a buyer in an EU country
  • haven’t exchanged money but need to move equipment that you use for your business, between the UK and the EU.

This means a lot of changes are needed. HMRC can help you in several ways. 


You can now apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund. Smaller businesses can get up to £2,000 to pay for practical support, including training or professional advice to adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

You can attend webinars to help adjust to the new rules and keep your business moving.

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.


Importing: staged introduction of customs 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.


Customs Import Declarations: an overview: If your business or a business you represent, needs to make customs import declarations on goods you’ve imported since 1‌‌ ‌January, our webinar helps you to understand what’s needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, and delayed import declarations.

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


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.