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Prepare for Brexit - importing from the EU to the UK

Get your business ready to import from the EU to the UK after Brexit.

Follow these steps from the HMRC to make sure you are able to receive goods from the EU, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. What you need to do is different if you export goods or transport goods.

Step 1: Make sure your business has an EORI number that starts with GB.

You will need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number starting with GB to continue importing goods.

Step 2: Decide who will make the import declarations.

You can hire someone to deal with customs for you, or you can do it yourself.

Step 3: Apply to make importing easier.

You can apply to use 'transitional simplified procedures' to reduce the amount of information you need to give at the border.

You may also be able to use the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to simplify how your goods pass through customs and when you pay customs duties.

And set up a duty deferment account if you import regularly.

Set up a duty deferment account if you want to be able to make one payment of customs duties a month instead of paying for individual shipments.

You must set one up if you plan to use transitional simplified procedures.

Step 4: Check the rate of tax and duty you’ll need to pay.

You will need to pay customs duties and VAT on all imports.

You will also need to pay excise duties if you are importing alcohol, tobacco or biofuels.

Step 5: Check what you need to do for the type of goods you import.

Depending on what you are importing, there might be other things you will need to do to get your business ready.

For example, you might need to change the labelling on your goods, apply for licences, or find an approved UK border inspection post where your goods can enter the UK.

Step 6: Get help and support – contact

Further information

The HMRC is regularly publishing updates on key topics, including animal by-products, MHRA and trade agreements.

Visit to keep up to date and sign up to receive key updates.