Prepare to import/export goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 24, 2020
The process for importing/exporting goods from the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.
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1. Check if you should follow this step by step
You should follow different guidance if you're:
- receiving or sending goods by post
- importing goods from countries outside the EU
2. Find out how to declare goods from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, you'll need to make customs declarations when you import/export goods from the EU. These rules currently apply to importing/exporting goods from the rest of the world, including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
You can make the declarations yourself or hire someone else such as a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent.
- Get someone to deal with customs for you
- Find out how to make customs declarations yourself
Check the new rules for your type of goods
From 1 January 2021, the rules for importing/exporting some types of goods will change.
- Check what import/export licences or certificates you need
- Check the labelling and marketing standards for food, plant seeds and manufactured goods
- Check the rules for importing/exporting alcohol, tobacco and certain oils
3. Make sure you have an EORI number starting with GB<br>
You need an EORI number that starts with GB to import/export goods from 1 January 2021.
- Get an EORI number
4. Check the rate of tax and duty you’ll need to pay
You need to pay customs duties and VAT on all imports.
- Check the rate of customs duty on imports from 1 January 2021
- Check the rate of VAT
5. Check if you can make the importing process quicker
From 1 January 2021, you'll need to make customs declarations when you import goods from the EU.
In some situations, you can delay making a declaration for up to 6 months after you imported the goods.
- Check if you can declare your goods later to make the importing process quicker
6. Find out if you can charge VAT at 0%
From 1 January 2021, you can charge customers VAT at 0% (known as 'zero rate') on most goods you export to the EU.
- Check if you can zero rate your goods for VAT ■