HMRC has written to construction businesses to confirm arrangements for making customs declarations in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In a communication sent out earlier this month, HMRC confirmed that businesses will be able to use simplified declarations and postpone payment of duties under Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) in a no-deal Brexit scenario. However, additional information will be required for controlled goods.
HMRC plans to review these measures after three to six months, and businesses will be given 12 months’ notice if they are to be withdrawn. Businesses can sign up now online for TSP (www.gov.uk/hmrc/eu-simple-importing) but they will need an EORI number to do this.
Further information, including which ports TSP applies to, is also available on the government website above. The list of ports includes Hull, Tilbury, Dover, Immingham (Hull) and Felixstowe.
In the letter, HMRC states that it recognises the challenges facing construction companies in getting to grips with new and unfamiliar requirements by 29 March 2019.
HMRC has also written to all VAT-registered businesses that currently import and/or export goods with the EU to set out those actions that should be a priority in preparation for a no-deal scenario.
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