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How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021
Information for traders on importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU after 1 January 2021.

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From 1 January 2021, the process of importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU will change.

If you trade with the EU, the 2 documents on this page will help you prepare for these changes so you can continue to trade.

Whether you’re completing the customs declarations yourself or have an intermediary to do it for you, these guides will take you through each step and set out your options.

The documents set out the information in the form of a ‘journey’, so that you can clearly see every step you need to take to ensure that your goods are transported successfully.


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Documents

 

How to import goods from the EU into GB from January 2021

PDF, 162KB, 10 pages

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Decide how you will import your goods from the EU into GB.

 

The main options are:

  • Importing goods through Deferred Declarations. For non-controlled (standard) goods this allows you to keep records of the goods you are importing and delay submitting a full customs declaration and paying customs duties for up to six months after import.
  • Importing goods through standard import procedures for all goods.
  • For some controlled goods, you may wish to consider using the Simplified Declaration procedure. You need to be authorised to use this process. You can also use this process for Standard Goods.
  • If you are moving goods through multiple territories or want to complete your customs formalities away from the border, you may wish to consider using Transit.

 

Note: Additional processes may be required depending on what location of entry you are using.

Further guidance on importing is on GOV.UK. This covers the full range of options available.


How to export goods from GB into the EU from January 2021

PDF, 110KB, 4 pages

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

 

Decide how you will export your goods from GB into the EU.

 

The main options are:

  • Exporting goods through standard export procedures.
  • If you are moving goods through multiple territories or want to complete your customs formalities away from the border, you may wish to consider using Transit.

 

If you are moving things temporarily, temporary admission procedures such as ATA Carnets may be for you.

 

Note: Additional processes may be required depending on what location of exit you are using.

Further guidance on exporting is on GOV.UK. This covers the full range of options available.


Published 13 July 2020
Last updated 18 August 2020

 

 

 

Added Welsh translation of the page and documents

 

First published.


From: HM Revenue & Customs


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