UK Updated government guidance for business & business readiness bulletin  – The UK transition

Please find below the latest updates from the GOV.UK website.

• Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021
• Trade with the UK from January 2021: prepare your EU business
• HMRC video guidance for business who are brand new to customs
• Marking, labelling and marketing standards from 1 January 2021
• Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021
• List of customs agents and fast parcel operators from 1 January 2021
• Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1st January 2021

HMRC have written to businesses about the new trading arrangements when the UK leave the EU single market and customs Union. You can find a copy of the letter here. An overview of the steps to take is below.

Make sure you have a GB EORI number

You should already have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number. You will need this to complete customs declarations. If you do not yet have one, you can register for free here.

• Decide how you’re going to make customs declarations

Customs agents, freight forwarders and express operators can help you with declarations and ensure you’re providing the necessary information. Find out more here.

See if your imported goods are eligible for staged controls

Most traders with a good compliance record will be able to defer import declarations on most goods for up to 6 months after 1 January 2021. Apply to use simplified declarations for imports here.

Decide how you will account for import VAT when you make a customs declaration

From 1 January 2021, businesses will be able to use postponed VAT accounting to account for import VAT on their VAT Return for goods imported from anywhere in the world.

Check if Import VAT is due at the border

Import VAT will not be due at the border if goods in a consignment do not exceed £135 in value. The only exceptions will be excise goods and gifts.

Check the Controlled goods list to see if you need to complete declarations from January. If your goods are not on the list you can choose to delay import declarations until July 2021

To check if your imported goods are on the Controlled goods list.

Check the government’s tariff tables and consider how your trade will be affected

From 1 January 2021, there will be new rates of Customs Duty for imports – called the UK Global Tariff.

Sign up for the new Trader Support Service, if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK

The free Trader Support Service (TSS) will handle the new processes arising under the Northern Ireland Protocol for you from 1 January 2021. To register your interest for using this service here. Further information about movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be available soon. Please note TSS is not available for goods moved between Great Britain and the EU.

Trade with the UK from January 2021: prepare your EU business
If you run an EU-based business, you need to check the new rules and prepare for the changes so that you can continue trading with the UK from January 2021. Information is also available in the following languages: Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Polski.

HMRC video guidance for business who are brand new to customs
HMRC have created a series of short videos aimed at helping those businesses brand new to customs:
What is Customs?
What you need to know to bring goods into the UK?
What you need to do to send goods out of the UK?

Marking, labelling and marketing standards from 1 January 2021
Marking, labelling and marketing standards you must follow to import and export manufactured goods from 1 January 2021. Updated to include a new section on making products for Great Britain or the EU market:
• Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021
• Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021

Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021
Check whether you need to renew your passport before travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021.

List of customs agents and fast parcel operators from 1 January 2021
Find customs agents and fast parcel operators who can help submit customs declarations from 1 January 2021. The list has been updated to include additional customs agents and fast parcel operators.

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations
Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations. Further information is available here.