Guidance

Register for simplified import procedures if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Find out if you can register to use simplified transitional procedures for goods you’re bringing into the UK from the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, businesses will need to apply the same procedures to EU trade that apply to trading with the rest of the world. You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures.

Who should register

You can register for transitional simplified procedures if you:

  • have a UK EORI number (an EORI number that starts with GB)
  • are established in the UK, this means:
    • you’re a sole trader who is resident in the UK
    • your company or partnership has a registered office in the UK
    • your company or partnership has a permanent place of business in the UK where they carry out their business activities
  • are importing goods from the EU into the UK (including goods travelling through the EU from the rest of the world as long as they’ve cleared EU customs formalities)

What you’ll need

To register you’ll need your:

  • UK EORI number (an EORI number that starts with GB)
  • VAT registration number (if you have one)
  • business name and UK address
  • contact details

If you’re not VAT-registered or if you have excise or customs duties to pay, you must have a duty deferment account to import goods using these procedures.

Check the tariff rates to see if you need to pay customs duties on your goods.

How to register

You can register for transitional simplified procedures online.

Online services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.

Register now

Who should not register

You should not register if:

  • the only goods you import are coming into the UK directly from outside the EU
  • you choose to use a customs special procedure for your goods
  • you’re acting on behalf of a trader (for example you’re a freight forwarder)
  • our records show that you’ve had overdue tax returns, not paid tax or duties due, or your business is insolvent

Agents

If you’re a customs intermediary, you cannot register on behalf of a trader, but you can make declarations directly for a trader who’s registered for transitional simplified procedures.

Published 4 February 2019
  1. Step 1 Get a UK EORI number for your business

    Your business will already have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you’ve traded with countries outside the EU. UK EORI numbers start with GB.

    1. Get a UK EORI number
  2. Step 2 Decide who will make the customs declarations

    Contact the organisation that brings your goods into the country to find out if they can make customs declarations for your goods.

    If they cannot, you can either hire an agent to make the declarations, or make the declarations yourself.

    1. Find out how to make customs declarations yourself
    2. Find out how to make customs declarations for goods in baggage or a small vehicle
  3. Step 3 Apply to make importing easier

  4. Step 4 Find out what you'll have to pay to import your goods

  5. Step 5 Check what you need to do for the type of goods you import

    Depending on what you're importing, there might be other things you'll need to do to get your business ready. For example, you might need to change the labelling on the packaging for your goods, or apply for licences.

    1. Check what you need to do for the type of goods you import