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Update - Import Controls

The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and started a transition period, which will end on 31st December 2020 and during which the UK will see no changes in customs, VAT and excise. 

Now, while seeking to strike trade deals around the globe, the UK government confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, while the EU stated it will enforce checks on UK goods entering the Eurozone.

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 checks on goods.

HMRC extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021 and have advised businesses to prepare for border controls by making sure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and to look into using a customs agent to support with all customs declarations.

Contact us here to discuss customs declarations support 

In summary:

Woodland have representation on the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Customs Policy group that works closely with HMRC on plans going forward.

We will be in touch with affected customers to confirm the processes that will be involved once these are finalised.

Should you have questions, please contact our dedicated team here. 

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