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Light touch for EU imports and no extension to Implementation Period

Friday 12th June 2020 was a busy day for anyone starved for Brexit news in this Covid-19 dominated world.  Firstly we opened the morning with an announcement that, despite the UK Government categorically stating in February 2020  that there would be no customs simplifications for imports from the EU come 1-01-2021, the press said that due to pressure from businesses there would be a light touch for UK imports from the EU next year.  Then, in the afternoon Michael Gove said that the UK would definitely not be requesting an extension to the transitional period.  This opens the door to a no-deal exit again.  Then a 3-stage measure for imports from the EU was announced, as follows, effective 01/01/2021.

Phase 1: from January 2021

Traders importing standard goods, covering everything from clothes to electronics, will need to
prepare for basic customs requirements, such as keeping sufficient records of imported goods, and will have up to six months to complete customs declarations. While tariffs will need to be paid on all imports, tariff payments can be deferred until the customs declaration has been made.

There will be checks on controlled goods like alcohol and tobacco. Businesses will also need to consider how they account for VAT on imported goods. There will also be physical checks at the point of destination or other approved premises on all high risk live animals and plants.

 

Phase 2: from April 2021

All products of animal origin (POAO) – for example meat, pet food, honey, milk or egg products – and all regulated plants and plant products will also require pre-notification and the relevant health documentation.

Phase 3: from July 2021

Traders moving all goods will have to make declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs.  Full safety and security declarations will be required, while for SPS commodities there will be an increase in physical checks and the taking of samples: checks for animals, plants and their products will now take place at GB Border Control Posts.

 

And, to help companies prepare for customs declarations – whether we get a deal or not customs declarations will be needed – and extra £50 million has been added to the Customs Training/IT Grant Scheme – we’ve updated our “How to claim your grant” document.

Read full UK Cabinet Office Announcement on Border Planning

By on August 29th, 2020
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