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HMRC offers advice to businesses importing goods from Europe

This week, the government department has written to more than 200,000 customers with ‘top tips’ for how to be ready to make delayed import declarations, and how they can access further support

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is offering advice to traders in Great Britain on how to submit their delayed customs import declarations for non-controlled goods imported from the EU. 

This week, the government department has written to more than 200,000 customers with “top tips” for how to be ready to make delayed import declarations, and how they can access further support.

According to the HMRC, for imports of most goods from the EU made during 2021, traders have two choices when making import declarations. Either make a full declaration as the goods arrive into Great Britain or delay their declarations.

HMRC is also recommending that traders appoint a customs intermediary and also check if they can claim zero tariffs for their imported goods. If they import goods from the EU that originate in the EU, they will be able to claim zero tariffs if the goods meet the rules of origin requirements. 

This means that they will not need to pay customs duty, but they will still need to pay VAT where applicable. 

Katherine Green and Sophie Dean, directors general, borders and trade, HMRC, said: “We know how hard businesses are working to adapt to the new rules and we want to do everything we can to help and support them to get things right. 

“By offering the option to delay import declarations, we are giving businesses more time to prepare in what has been a challenging time for many.”

She added: “There is plenty of support available, with online guidance and the new SME Brexit Support Fund now open, offering grants of up to £2,000 to pay for training or professional advice on adjusting to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules.”

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