Just before Christmas HMRC published a revised Partnership Pack which has specific advice to businesses on what planning is needed now to carry on importing and exporting in the event of a no deal. The bulk of the pack promotes the following actions/online guides which you can access here:
• Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
• Ensure that your contracts and International Terms and Conditions of Service (INCOTERMS) with EU suppliers and customers can be amended reflect that you would be an importer/exporter
• Import and export procedure step-by-step process guides and related guidance, including checking the type of goods and associated tariffs, using the correct codes, getting licences if needed, providing the right paperwork
• Moving goods to and from the EU through roll-on roll-off road freight, including Eurotunnel
• Changes to business VAT
• Moving goods currently regulated at EU level, such as those with CE markings
• Guidance for controlled goods and materials requiring import/export licences, including certain categories of chemicals (see ‘Specialist Traders’ section at pages 78-99)
HMRC has written to 145,000 UK VAT-registered businesses trading with the European Union (EU) to explain changes to customs, excise and VAT in the event of a No Deal.
Click here to read the HMRC’s update letters
Do you intend to process your own customs declarations and/or need changes to your IT systems to comply with customs processes? If so, you may wish to apply for funding to help you train staff or update systems. Further details are available here.