12 Jan 2021 10:11 AM

Since 1 January 2021, new rules have come into effect for businesses (or representatives of businesses) who trade with the EU.

The Free Trade Agreement was the first to be reached by the EU based on zero tariffs and zero quotas.  What it does mean is that there are now new customs processes in place on goods that move between Great Britain and the EU. 

It is essential for businesses (and their representatives) to ensure they know about these new customs processes and what is required before trading with the EU.

The trader checklist which is available on the Gov.uk website helps businesses identify which new rules affect them and provides details of the rules.

HMRC’s you tube channel is also a useful reference for businesses, providing step by step guidance on the new processes.

There are also a series of informative webinars hosted by HMRC that you can register for.

Are you planning to export to the EU or move goods between GB and Northern Ireland?

This webinar provides an overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Key processes include – staged border controls, zero-rated VAT, customs declaration, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.

Trading with the EU, are you appointing an intermediary to complete import or export declarations on your behalf?

The import or export declarations required to trade goods with the EU are complex and many businesses choose to use an intermediary to do these for them.

This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader if you choose to use an intermediary.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.

Are you planning to import good from the EU? A webinar on understanding customs import declarations

You now need to make customs import declarations on controlled goods and all goods by the end of June. This webinar provides in depth detail including what is needed for simplified declarations, supplementary declarations, how to make them, and delayed import declarations.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

Importing: Staged controls and how to prepare to use them.

This webinar will walk you through the three stages of the new border controls introduced on 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2021, and what actions you need to take for each stage.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import.

We would like to remind people to remain aware of potential scams, which may look like government messages. You can search 'scams' on GOV‌‌‌‌‌‌.UK which will provide you with information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact.

You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

By searching 'Cyber Aware' on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK. you will be able to access tips on protecting your business against scams.

If you have any questions on trading with the EU please contact us for advice.