Preparing for BREXIT
HM Revenue and Customs has published a number of guides to customs processes that will apply in the event of a No Deal Brexit. Individual documents cover a range of subjects including general importing and exporting from EU and non-EU countries as well information for specific activity such as courier and postal services, tour operators, alcohol sales, haulage, shipping and forwarding.
Businesses that only trade in the EU and are registered with HMRC for VAT purposes will receive a letter from HMRC early in December.
The letter asks businesses to take three actions now:
- Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
- Decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software
- Contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published sector primers for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotive, aerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, space, professional and business services, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, electricity sector and gas markets.
The Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme has opened to help support training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries and traders that complete customs declarations.
The Brexit Deal Explained is a website launched by the Government to explain the Withdrawal Agreement in terms of economy, jobs, security, free trade, businesses and borders.
The Government website carries information on a range of subject areas likely to be affected by Brexit.
A Brexit Checklist has been issued by The British Chambers to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit might bring and to assist with planning at both operational and Board levels.
British Chambers of Commerce have published a list of FAQs on the withdrawal agreement. View a copy of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
The Open to Export website includes FAQs on Brexit. Open to Export is an online information service from The Institute of Export & International Trade.