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Question for Treasury

UIN HL10729, tabled on 25 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy has been adopted by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to help companies prepare for any new customs procedures after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.

Answered on

9 December 2020

The Government has provided extensive guidance to traders to support them in their preparations for the end of the transition period, including publishing the detailed Border Operating Model to help traders take the necessary steps.

Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, the UK Government has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021. From 1 January to 30 June, UK-established traders/agents when importing non-controlled EU goods to GB free circulation will have the option to make a declaration in their own records at the time of import followed by a supplementary declaration up to 175 days later, which provides traders and intermediaries with more time to prepare.

HMRC continue to work closely with industry to ensure it is engaging with the new requirements and can take the necessary steps to prepare, including through the latest public information campaign, cross-Government industry steering groups, webinars and events.

Further, over £80 million of support has been made available to help the customs intermediary sector in scaling up. This includes grant funding for customs IT, training, and recruitment of new staff.

HMRC will continue to engage with industry beyond the end of transition period to understand any concerns and identify any further support HMRC can provide.

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