Customs declarations now need to be made for all UK-EU imports and exports.
What does this mean for my business?
If you’re bringing goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain you will need to make customs declarations and may need to pay tariffs, depending on whether your goods will then move into the EU single market. More information on how to move goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain can be found in detailed guidance here.
The Government has created a Trader Support Service for businesses moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
What is a customs declaration?
A customs declaration is a legal document that declares the value and contents of what you’re importing or exporting. It’s used by customs authorities in both the origin country and the destination country to ensure trades are compliant and pay the correct taxes and duties.
Customs clearance is the process that goods must go through before being imported or exported. It’s important that your customs declaration is accurate, or this can cause delays crossing the border. Customs declarations are also necessary for security, as certain goods are subject to licences or permits.
Where can I find help with customs declarations?
The Government has compiled guidance on how to make export declarations and import declarations, as well as a list of customs training providers, if you decide to deal with customs declarations yourself.
Import and export customs declarations can be complex. You may choose to hire a person or business to handle them for you, such as freight forwarders. If you decide to do this, the Government has compiled a list of customs agents and fast parcel operators.
I post orders to my customers in the EU. Do I need to fill out a form?
International postal agreements require you as the sender to fill out a customs declaration, which you attach to your parcel. If you’re sending goods or gifts through the post from England, Scotland or Wales to the EU, you’ll need to fill out a customs form. For Northern Ireland to the EU, customs declarations aren’t required.
If you’re importing goods through the post, goods valued at over £135 are subject to customs duty.
What should I do now?