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Call for evidence: An Independent Customs Regime

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This call for evidence, published in February 2022, sought views from traders and the wider border industry on how the customs system is working and, in particular, their experience of the customs intermediary sector, the Simplified Customs Declarations Process and the Transit facilitation.

HM Treasury and HMRC are grateful for the rich insight provided which officials will use to inform process and operational enhancements, and will be considered as part of the policy-making process as the government sets out further details of plans for a new global border regime in the autumn.

Original consultation


We welcome views on how we can improve the UK’s customs system by simplifying processes for traders and embracing innovation.

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Consultation description

This call for evidence invites respondents’ views on:

  • the customs intermediary sector
  • the Simplified Customs Declaration Process (SCDP)
  • the Transit facilitation

By taking a fresh look at the fundamental building blocks of the UK’s customs system, the government wants to use this opportunity to gather and consider a wide range of evidence on how the customs system is working and changes that could be made to make it simpler, easier and more responsive to stakeholders’ needs.

This evidence will support changes to policy or processes to make it easier for traders to navigate the UK’s customs system.

The government welcomes engagement from any individual or business with views on the future of the UK’s customs regime.

This call for evidence is likely to be of most interest to traders, intermediaries, freight forwarders, fast parcels operators and hauliers, and will also be of interest to business representative organisations, trade bodies or customs consultancies that help traders with their customs affairs.

Respondents may choose to respond to some or all of the questions in this document. HMRC and HM Treasury welcome partial responses, focused on the aspects of the customs regime that are most relevant to the respondent.


Published 7 February 2022
Last updated 25 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Published the summary of responses to the call for evidence.

  2. First published.