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New Import and Export Customer Controls

New import and exports customs controls came into force from 1 January 2022 for imports from the EU (except Ireland) to Great Britain. The changes to customs and tax rules will affect everyone who trades with Europe, no matter the type or value of the goods they buy or sell, how frequently they trade or how their goods are transported.

The changes include:

  • requirement for full customs import declarations for all goods at the time businesses or their courier/freight forwarder bring them into Great Britain, except if they are non-controlled goods imported from Ireland to Great Britain
  • customs controls at all ports and other border locations
  • requirement for a suppliers’ declaration proving the origin of goods (either UK or EU) if they are using the zero tariffs agreed in the UK’s trade deal with the EU
  • commodity codes, which are used to classify goods for customs declarations, are changing

Further information explaining these changes, what they mean for businesses, and how to prepare, is available on GOV.UK.

There are different rules in place for the movement of goods into, out of or through Northern Ireland. Some of these changes will also affect goods movements between Great Britain and the EU.

If businesses move goods into or out of Northern Ireland, the free Trader Support Service can guide them through the process. They can sign up via GOV.UK.

Further information

Businesses can watch videos, sign up for email alerts and register for free webinars to learn more about UK transition via the help and support for UK transition guidance on GOV.UK.

HMRC’s import and export customer helpline is also available on 0300 322 9434. This is open from 8am to 10pm (weekdays) and from 8am to 4pm (weekends). People can also speak to an adviser online - go to imports and exports - general enquiries for more information.

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