24 Aug 2021

Free webinars offering further guidance on trading with the EU

The Government is inviting retailers to join its free webinars offering further guidance on trading with the EU.

As you may already know, since leaving the EU on December 31, 2020, there are new rules if you move goods between the UK and countries in the EU, and you need to follow new customs and tax rules.

Your business will be affected by the new rules if you:

  • buy goods from an EU seller and bring them into the UK
  • send goods you’ve sold to a buyer in an EU country
  • haven’t exchanged money but need to move equipment that you use for your business, between the UK and the EU.

HMRC is aware  is offering to help you in a number of different ways.

You can attend the webinars to help adjust to the new rules and keep your business moving, and while specific questions can't be answered, there is a helpline at the end of this email for these questions.

The webinars explain existing GOV‌‌‌‌‌‌.UK guidance and give you the opportunity to ask general questions. Retailers will also be able to see responses to other peoples’ questions and the guidance we signpost to for extra help and support.

Importing – steps you need to take before making your supplementary declaration: To support those who’ve delayed their customs import declarations, we explain the steps you need to take before you can make a supplementary declaration and how intermediaries can help you do this. 

Please register to take part if you’ve imported goods since January 1, 2021, and not yet completed a customs declaration for them.

If you’re planning to import and want to understand the full declarations process please register for Customs Import Declarations: an overview.

Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving: An overview of the actions you need to take now before you export goods from Great Britain to the EU and move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Key processes include – zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to export.

Trader responsibilities when using an intermediary: This webinar explains your responsibilities as a trader, if you choose to use an intermediary to complete import or export declarations for your business. These are complex and an intermediary can save you a lot of time.

Please register to take part if you’re planning to import or export.

Rules of Origin: Watch the recorded webinar if you buy goods from the EU, or send or sell goods to the EU for your business, this webinar will help you understand rules of origin and what’s required to meet the rules.

The recorded webinar can be paused or rewound to allow you to work through the information at your own pace. 

You can also:

  • watch our videos on HMRC's YouTube channel to familiarise yourself with the new customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU
  • use the trader checklist to make sure you’re familiar with the new rules that affect you
  • use our updated guides to understand the new customs and VAT requirements when moving goods between the UK and EU countries
  • sign up to the Trader Support Service if your business is moving goods between GB and Northern Ireland and use their suite of educational products – including online training modules and webinars for support with the Northern Ireland Protocol
  • ask and get answers to specific questions about HMRC processes for importing or exporting, by visiting our customer forums
  • watch webinars and videos from other government departments to support you
  • sign up to our weekly email updates on news and information about importing and exporting with the EU, providing hints and tips for businesses like yours, getting used to the new rules for importing and exporting.

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