Guidance

Check what declarations need to be made for goods you bring or receive into the UK from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, if you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods into Great Britain or Northern Ireland check what declarations may need to be made.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

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This page tells you what declarations need to be made for goods you bring or receive into Great Britain or Northern Ireland.

The guidance will be updated if anything changes.

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Before you start

  1. Check if a declaration needs to be made into Great Britain or Northern Ireland.

  2. Decide if you want to use the Trader Support Service if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK.

  3. If you’re not using the Trader Support Service, decide if you want to get someone to deal with this for you, or find a training provider to help you.

  4. Find out if Common Transit can be used to move goods.

Trader Support Service

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK, the Trader Support Service can:

  • offer support and guidance
  • complete declarations for you

Sign up for the Trader Support Service to find out how you can get help moving your goods.

Bringing goods into Great Britain

From Northern Ireland

For most goods no declarations will need to be made. Guidance on this will be published at a later date.

Check if you need to make a declaration when the goods leave Northern Ireland.

From the EU

Check if the goods are controlled.

For controlled goods a declaration will need to be made when the goods arrive.

If you use roll on roll off ports a declaration will need to be made before the goods arrive.

If the goods are not controlled find out the rules for declaring goods brought in from the EU from 1 January 2021.

From outside the EU

For all goods:

  • an entry summary (safety and security) declaration must be submitted before the goods arrive
  • a declaration will need to be made when the goods arrive

Bringing goods into Northern Ireland

From Great Britain

For all goods:

  • an entry summary (safety and security) declaration must be submitted before the goods arrive
  • a declaration will need to be made when the goods arrive

From the EU

Declarations are not needed for any goods.

From outside the EU

For all goods:

  • an entry summary (safety and security) declaration must be submitted before the goods arrive
  • a declaration will need to be made when the goods arrive

Moving goods through Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Common Transit may affect the declarations that need to be made.

Tariffs on goods

Guidance about any tariffs on goods moving between the UK and EU will be published at a later date.

Published 16 November 2020