EU Exit Actions to Take for Businesses – Update from HMRC

The Government has published its latest letter on GOV.UK to help businesses that trade with the EU get ready to deal with customs in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019. This includes a version for businesses based in England, Scotland and Wales, and a separate version for businesses based in Northern Ireland.

Businesses that only trade in the EU and are registered with HMRC for VAT purposes will receive a copy of the letter through the post in the coming days.

The letter asks these businesses to take three actions now:

  • register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software
  • contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.

HMRC will also continue to engage with businesses, representative organisations, intermediaries and infrastructure providers to ensure they have the information and support they need.

You can read guidance on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Businesses can keep up-to-date with these changes by registering for HMRC’s EU Exit update service.

The grant scheme to help support training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries and traders that complete customs declarations has also been opened.
Further information on these grants, including details of how these businesses can apply, is available on GOV.UK.

If any Members have any questions on this or on customs/border issues, please contact Andrew Large in the first instance on 01793 889601 or