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Letter to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

HMRC are writing to VAT-registered businesses, that trade only with the EU, with details of important actions they need to take and changes to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is the third letter to businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

The latest letter has been published on GOV.UK and will be posted to businesses this week.

HMRC have asked BIFA to share the information with its members requesting that BIFA members also share this with their clients, especially those below the VAT threshold.

The letter includes information on:

  • Preparing to make customs declarations
  • Changes HMRC will introduce to make importing easier
  • Changes to VAT and VAT IT systems

These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border and HMRC will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland as soon as they can.

New guidance on GOV.UK

HMRC have also published new guides on GOV.UK on:

Partnership Pack

The 4th edition of the partnership pack will be published this week. It includes new information on the above guidance, including several updates. The changes to the pack will be clearly marked. HMRC would encourage you to use the pack to advise your clients especially those under the VAT threshold.

Customs Intermediaries Grants

HMRC want to remind customs agents and forwarders of the government’s one-off investment of £8 million to support broker training and increased automation. To date HMRC have received around 100 applications for grants and are seeking further applications. BIFA members can find out can find out more about the available training and grants at GOV.UK.

Keep up to date

HMRC are encouraging all those affected by Brexit to register for updates as they occur. To register for HMRC’s email update service, log on to www.GOV.uk/hmrc/business-support, select ‘business help and education emails’, then ‘EU Exit’.

If BIFA members have queries linked to the above guidance, please contact euexit.stakeholders@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and the Department will respond as soon as it is possible.

Due to the exceptional nature of the situation, some of these procedures are being introduced without full consultation. BIFA has expressed its concerns, particularly regarding the TSP procedures, to HMRC via the relevant Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) sub-group and have been advised that there is no intention of changing any aspect of this regime. When challenged BIFA have been advised by the Department that forwarders will be able to offer a similar service under CFSP.

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