If you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods from outside of the EU, you must complete an import declaration to get your goods through customs.
In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to follow these rules if you import from anywhere outside the UK. You can make it easier to bring goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures.
Completing a customs declaration is complicated and you’ll need software. So you may want to get someone to deal with customs for you.
How to submit
Most declarations are submitted electronically through Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. If you’re going to do this yourself, rather than appoint an agent, you’ll need to:
- apply for access to CHIEF
- buy third party software that can submit declarations through CHIEF
There are different rules for:
In a no-deal Brexit, businesses carrying merchandise in baggage or small vehicles with a value less than £900 will follow different rules.
When to submit
But it’s a different process if you’re:
- using simplified declarations procedure
- using transitional simplified procedures in a no-deal Brexit
- using roll on roll off locations to bring goods from the EU in a no-deal Brexit