A couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about businesses who will need EORI Numbers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
With the October 31st deadline growing ever closer… Gov.uk have released further, step by step, information about what your business might need to do should a no-deal Brexit occur.
Import Procedures Will Change
If the UK does not reach a deal with the EU in the coming weeks, the situation is clear for businesses who trade & import from EU Countries: the same procedures for the rest of the world, would apply to the EU.
This is because the free movement benefits for being a member nation would no longer apply.
To reiterate: this means that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the procedures to trade with the EU, would be the same as it is for the rest of the world.
You Might Need To Register For Transitional Simplified Procedures
If you are a business owner who believes you will be affected in this way, Gov.uk have released information explaining that you will have to apply for Transitional Simplified Procedures.
This will help make importing easier, including:
- An extension of the date when the first supplementary customs declarations must be submitted, and any import duties must be paid, to 4 October 2019, with subsequent declarations submitted monthly
- Making Transitional Simplified Procedures available at all UK ports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Here Is 3 Step Guide To Registering For Transitional Simplified Procedures
Step 1: Decide Whether You Need To Register
You will need to register for if you:
- Have an EORI number that starts with GB
- Are importing goods from the EU Into the Uk (including goods that have come from the rest of the world through EU customs)
- Are a sole trader who resides in the UK
- Your company or partnership has a registered office in the UK.
- Your company or partnership has a place of business in the UK where business activities are carried out.
Step 2: Get Your Information Together
Make sure that you have your EORI number (beginning with GB), your VAT registration number (if you have one), your business name and it’s UK address, and your contact details ready before registering.
Step 3: Register For Transitional Simplified Procedures
Here is the link for you to register:
Still Unsure If You Need To Register?
You won’t need to register if:
- Your imports only come into the UK from outside of the EU.
- You’ll be using a customs special procedure (eg a customs agent)
- You’re importing the goods for someone else (a freight forwarder)
- If you have a consistent history of submitting late tax returns, not paying tax or duties, or your business is insolvent.
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