HMRC urges businesses to prepare for January customs changes

Businesses trading with the European Union (EU) have less than a month to get ready for new import and exports customs controls which come into force from 1 January 2022.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is here to help traders and businesses adapt to these changes and has been working with traders to help them get ready. This includes sending letters and emails, and delivering webinars for traders explaining the new customs rules that start in the New Year, the action that they need to take, and the support on offer from HMRC.

The changes coming into force on 1 January 2022 include:

  • requirement for full customs import declarations for all goods at the time businesses or their courier/freight forwarder bring them into Great Britain, except if they are non-controlled goods imported from Ireland to Great Britain
  • customs controls at all ports and other border locations
  • requirement for a suppliers’ declaration proving the origin of goods (either UK or EU) if they are using the zero tariffs agreed in the UK’s trade deal with the EU
  • commodity codes, which are used to classify goods for customs declarations, are changing

If any of these points could impact your business, do not hesitate to contact the Worcestershire Growth Hub team so that we can identify support and guidance for your business in any way we can.

Contact us on or 01905 677888

*Please note that we will be operating a skeleton team from 24 December until 4 January, this may mean delays in response time. Please do not hesitate to contact us as we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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