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In order to meet the requirements of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the Government will be phasing out the facility to bring goods into non-inventory linked ports and airports.
HMRC will work with businesses to develop bespoke solutions where inventory linking is not possible.
This consultation aims to assess the impact on industry of the introduction of electronic communications for presentation and customs clearance of goods at all UK airports and ports.
The main driver for this change is the introduction of the UCC, EU Regulation 952/2013 on 1 June 2016. This requires all communication between customs authorities and economic operators, other than in exceptional circumstances, to be made using electronic data processing systems. The changes will also support the Government’s Digital Strategy.
We welcome views from all operators involved in the international trade of goods, particularly importers, exporters, shipping agents, freight forwarders, airport or port operators, wharf operators, temporary storage operators and software suppliers.