New rules for doing business with the EU

Posted on: 26th November 2021

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On 1 January 2022, there will be changes for businesses in Great Britain who import from the EU. There will also be changes for UK businesses who sell goods in the EU.

Customs declarations on imports from the EU to Great Britain must be completed at the time you or your courier/freight forwarder bring them into GB. Pre-notification will be required to import certain SPS goods, such as meat or plants, to GB from the EU.

You will need to register for the relevant IT systems for animal and plant products to ensure your business is prepared for prenotification requirements from 1 January 2022.

If you sell goods to the EU, or buy goods from the EU and bring them into the UK, and they meet the rules of origin requirements, you will be able to use preferential tariffs.

To benefit from the preferential tariffs, you must have proof that:

● goods you import into the UK from the EU originate there
● goods you export to the EU originate in the UK

Throughout 2021, you have been allowed to export goods to the EU using reduced tariffs and get supplier declarations afterwards, to give you more time.

From 1 January 2022, you must have supplier declarations (where required) at the time you export your goods. If you cannot prove the origin of the products you’re importing or exporting, the full rate of customs duty will be charged.

Click here to find out more information to prepare for the changes to Rules of Origin.

Click here to contact the Export Support Service for practical support with exporting your products.


Find out what you need to do:

From 1 January 2022, hauliers must be registered for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to move any goods between GB and the EU.

The GVMS system has been designed to enable fast and efficient movement of goods and will be used by many UK ports.

Click here to view the full list of GVMS ports.

If you are not registered, you will not be able to board the ferry or shuttle and cross the GB/EU border. Don’t get stuck. Sign up today.

Click here to sign up.