27th February, 2020, Stephenson Smart
If you are VAT registered and trade between the UK and EU, then Brexit will have an impact on the way you do business.
What will happen after Brexit?
From 1 February 2020 the UK will no longer be a member of the EU, and we’ll enter an implementation period that lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time there will be no changes to the terms for trading with the EU or the rest of the world, unless the rules change for the whole of the EU. This means EU rules for customs, VAT and excise will continue to apply to the movement of goods and trade for this limited time. There will be no new customs procedures at present.
What will happen after 31 December 2020?
From 1 January 2021, the way businesses trade with the EU will change, and we will need to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements. For example, for trade between Great Britain (GB) and the EU, we will need to make customs declarations to import and export goods once the UK is outside of the EU’s customs territory.
What you need to do now:
• Keep up to date
Follow us on Twitter for updates and go to www.gov.uk/hmrc/business-support and select 'Sign up to help and support emails from HMRC'.
• Make sure you have your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
You’ll need a UK EORI number that starts with the letters ‘GB’ to be able to submit customs declarations to move goods between GB and the EU after the implementation period ends.
If you already have a UK EORI number starting with ‘GB’, keep it safe as you will need it when the implementation period ends.
If you do not have a UK EORI number starting with ‘GB’ you should register for one at www.gov.uk/eori .
• Decide how to make customs declarations
You’ll need to make customs declarations to import and export goods between GB and EU countries once we are outside of the EU’s customs territory. If you’ve only ever traded with the EU, or if you already trade with non-EU countries but need to expand or change your processes to cover your GB-EU imports and exports, you should start to prepare now to make customs declarations, by deciding if you want to use a third party such as a customs agent or make declarations yourself.
If you decide to use a customs agent, you should start contacting agents now, to find out about the services they provide. You can find guidance by going to www.gov.uk/guidance/appoint-someone-to-deal-with-customs-on-your-behalf .
If you want to make declarations yourself, HMRC will soon be providing more information and guidance about what will be required. They will also be providing more information about customs processes for Northern Ireland soon.
Transitional Simplified Procedures
Registration and use of Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for imports from the EU is currently suspended.
You will not need to use TSP between February and December 2020. If you applied for this service, please keep your paperwork safe. In addition, postponed VAT Accounting is currently not available during the implementation period.
If you have any questions, or would like further guidance from a business specialist, please contact us and one of our team will be happy to talk things through with you.
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