Industry and government advice
GOV.UK End of Transition: Get ready for 2021
Government portal providing links to many aspects of Brexit including travelling abroad, import/export procedures and rule changes. Useful starting point with links to step by step import / export advice, and structured presentation of information to find more details. Access here
Importing and Exporting
Introductory information via a government portal providing web and telephone advice plus links to more detailed information. Access here
More detailed information with links to customs, agri-food check information and other issues available here.
Hauliers moving goods overseas
Government advice portal for transporting goods overseas including international haulage, safe loading, dangerous goods and more. Access here
HMRC Policy Announcements
Refunds and waivers on customs debt by HMRC
Find out about repayment and remission of customs duties by HMRC and how to apply. Access here
Contact lists of providers who support Customs Freight Simplified Procedures
List of customs training providers
Find online and face to face training courses which will help you submit customs declarations. Access here
List of customs agents and fast parcel operators from 1 January 2021
Find customs agents and fast parcel operators who can help submit customs declarations from 1 January 2021. Access here
Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021
HMRC letters to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021. Access here
Customs declarations for goods you bring or receive into the UK or EU
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. Access here
Apply to import multiple low value parcels on one declaration from 1 January 2021
You can use the bulk import reduced data set to declare one or more low value parcels in a single import declaration when you import goods to Great Britain. Access here
Get a guarantor for your customs comprehensive guarantee
How to get a guarantor when you have authorisation to use a customs comprehensive guarantee. Access here
How to use a customs warehouse
Find out what you need to do when importing goods from outside the UK and EU to a customs warehouse. Access here
Movements to temporary storage facilities from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021
Find out about movements to temporary storage facilities from border locations in Great Britain without existing customs control systems from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. Access here
Pay less import duty and VAT when re-importing goods to the UK and EU
You can claim a relief to pay less Customs Duty and VAT if you re-import goods to the UK and EU. Access here
UK Customs Academy
Civil Aviation Authority Brexit resource hub
Office of Rail and Road Brexit page
EU Trade Help Desk
Excellent resource, in plain English, for companies exporting to the EU. Access here
Trader advice from DTI
Basics on trade terms, using intermediaries, links to support. Access here
Border Operating Model
Detailed advice on import and export timings and requirements. Access here
Technical Software Specifications: GVMS and other customs systems
This information will be of interest to members, who may wish to develop software interfaces with HMRC for GVMS, and for those looking more detail about the system. API technical specifications for GVMS are now available to view on the developer hub on Gov.uk. This explains how to use HMRC APIs to interact with the Goods Vehicle Movement service. It is written for software developers, designers, analysts, managers and others involved with creating or integrating software that connects to GVMS. This part of the HMRC website also has detailed information about several other Customs IT systems.
- A GVMS End to End User Guide is available here. This is a useful summary of the GVMS system and may be best starting point.
- The landing page for GVMS documentation is here.
- The home page for all API Documentation is here. There is a dedicated Customs area.
- The landing page for all HMRC APIs is here.
Any feedback or queries for the API technical specifications should be directed to SDSTeam@hmrc.gov.uk
Government Documents and Presentations
Safety and Security Business Requirements v1.0
This document clearly explains the legislation and business requirements, including detailed data requirements, for Safety and Security Declarations, including clarifications movements to/from GB and NI, and between the UK and EU. If guidance changes we will update this file.
Border processes for customs control
Government slide pack explaining the key customs issues for EU trade following the transition period for the logistics sector. If guidance changes we will update this file.
Northern Ireland – Processes for moving goods between NI and the rest of the UK
Government slide pack explaining the key customs issues for NI-GB trade (both directions) following the transition period for the logistics sector. If guidance changes we will update this file.