Industry and government advice

Government websites 

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 

Access here


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



Industry websites

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 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


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.