HMRC adds to no deal Brexit import information

The government has announced plans to phase in for EU imports the pre-arrival forms known as entry summary declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal, in a bid to ease trading arrangements post-Brexit

Officials held a series of meetings with organisations who represent the haulage industry and handle a significant portion of the UK’s cross border trade, to confirm that from 29 March, the status quo will be temporarily maintained and they will not need to submit entry summary declarations on imports for a period of six months.

Currently entry summary declarations are not required when importing goods from the EU. They will continue to apply for trade from the rest of the world.

The measure is designed to give business more time to prepare for changes to EU-UK trade arrangements in the event that the UK leaves without a deal. This builds on the plans that transitional simplified procedures (TSP) can be used for at least 15 months for customs declarations.

Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘We’ve listened to businesses and are responding to their concerns.

‘We have been adamant that in the event of no deal, trade must continue at our borders, and we will continue to make our borders secure.

‘Maintaining continuity with the current system for the first six months and phasing entry summary declarations in will ensure we deliver on that promise.’

The new rules only apply to goods coming from the EU, and will maintain the status quo for carriers. Importers will still be required to submit import declarations for customs purposes – which are not the same as entry summary declarations.

After the six-month transitional period, carriers will be legally responsible for ensuring entry summary declarations are submitted pre-arrival to HMRC at the time specified by mode of transport.

Report by Pat Sweet

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