There are only a few weeks to go until the process for importing goods from the EU changes. Here’s a checklist of what you need to do to ensure you can continue to import goods after 1 January 2021.
From 1 January 2021, you will need to make customs declarations when you import goods from the EU. You can make the declarations yourself, but most businesses use a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent.
2. Check the rules for different types of goods
From 1 January 2021, the rules for importing some types of goods will change.
3. Make sure you have an EORI number
You need an EORI number that starts with GB to import goods from 1 January 2021.
4. Check the rate of tax and duty and decide how you will pay
You will need to pay VAT and custom duty on all imports. You can pay VAT and customs duty when your goods enter Great Britain, or you can set up a duty deferment account to make one payment a month.
5. Check if you can make the importing process quicker
You may be able to delay making a customs declaration for up to 6 months after you imported the goods.
6. Check if the EU business you are importing from is ready
Before the business sends you any goods, check they can make the necessary export declarations. They’ll also need a licence or certificate to export some types of goods.
Read the full guidance on importing after Brexit here
For advice on any matters relating to importing or exporting goods, tax and customs duty, please get in touch.