What are the new rules for importing goods into Great Britain?

Full customs controls came into force on 1 January 2022 – one year after the Brexit transition period came to an end.

If you import goods from Europe into Great Britain, here’s what you need to know.

What’s changed?

Until 31 December 2021, businesses were able to delay making declarations on goods – apart from controlled goods, such as alcohol, weapons, chemicals, or drugs – brought into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from Europe.

This meant that you could delay sending HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) full information about your goods by up to 175 days after import.

Delayed imports were introduced after the end of the Brexit transition period to give traders time to prepare for new customs controls and procedures.

But from 1 January 2022, businesses are now required to make full customs declarations and pay any tariffs at the point of import.

What are the new rules from 1 January 2022?

Future changes

Some customs controls have been delayed further to give businesses more time to prepare. This means:

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