HMRC - EU Trade Tips

August 20, 2021

If you move goods between the UK and countries in the EU, you need to follow new customs and tax rules.  HMRC can help you, as they understand how challenging it can be for many businesses.

If you have a specific question about importing, exporting or customs reliefs you should call their Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300‌‌ ‌322‌‌ ‌9434. The helpline is open‌‌ ‌from 8am‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌10pm‌‌ ‌Monday‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌Friday and‌‌ ‌from 8am‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌4pm at‌‌ ‌week‌‌ends. You can also send them your questions or webchat.

Here To Help

HMRC notified us of lots of other support which is also available, including:

HMRC's YouTube channel where you can watch videos to familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU.

If you buy goods from the EU, or send or sell goods to the EU for your business, their Rules of Origin recorded webinar will help you understand the process and what you need to do.

Their live webinars explain existing guidance and give you the opportunity to ask general questions about the content. You can also see responses to other peoples’ questions and the guidance they signpost to for extra help and support:

Importing – steps you need to take before making your supplementary declaration: advice on what you need to do to be able to make a supplementary declaration and how intermediaries can help.

Customs Import Declarations: an overview: of the whole declarations process.

Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving: covering zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: explaining your responsibilities if using an intermediary to complete import or export declarations.

There are also webinars and videos from other government departments.