Goods entering Great Britain from the EU to be subject to the same customs checks and controls as goods coming from the rest of the world
The government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.
We are leaving the EU’s customs union and single market, taking back control of our borders, and beginning to strike trade deals around the world.
In a speech by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at a Border Delivery Group stakeholder event, he confirmed all UK exports and imports will be treated equally. This will mean traders in the EU and GB will have to submit customs declarations and be liable to goods’ checks. He also confirmed that the policy easements put in place for a potential no deal exit will not be reintroduced as businesses have time to prepare.
Business can prepare for border controls by making sure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and also looking into how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent. We will ensure facilitations currently available to rest of the world traders will also be open to those trading between GB and EU.
HMRC have extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021. To date, applications have been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.
This is aimed at GB/EU traders. This approach does not apply to the flow of trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and GB.
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A consultation has been launched to inform our own Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule, the UK Global Tariff.
The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 5 March 2020