Dear customer,

To continue to help support you in preparing for changes to customs controls from 1‌‌ January‌‌ ‌2022, this week we’re giving you information about changes to the way border locations will control goods. We also cover how to use commodity codes correctly when importing. This information, as well as other information on changes to customs controls from 1‌‌ ‌January can also be found on GOV.UK.

Border controls

From 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2022, ports and other border locations will be required to control goods moving between Great Britain and the European Union. This means that unless your goods have a valid declaration and have received customs clearance, they will not be able to be released into free circulation, and in most cases will not be able to leave the port.

From 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2022, your goods may be directed to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) for documentary or physical checks if these checks cannot be done at the border.

It’s important that those involved in transporting your goods are ready and understand how you intend to operate from January‌‌ ‌2022.

If you use a service such as a courier or freight forwarder to move your goods, you need to check their terms and conditions about who will make the declarations, and what other information they need from you to do this.

Commodity Codes

Commodity codes are used worldwide to classify goods that are imported and exported. They are standardised up to six digits and reviewed by the World Customs Organisation every five years. Following the end of the latest review, the UK codes will be changing on 1‌‌ ‌January‌‌ ‌2022. You should go to GOV‌‌.UK and search for the ‘Trade Tariff Tool’ at the time you’re importing your goods to look up the correct commodity codes. You can also check the Trade Tariff news page.

Where you can get help with importing and exporting

We have a range of webinars and YouTube videos on importing and exporting with the EU that you can watch by going to our help and support for UK transition page.

If you export to the EU, the recently launched government Export Support Service is a free service giving you access to online and phone support. You can ask a question online or by calling 0300‌‌ ‌303‌‌ ‌8955 where you will be put in touch with a member of the dedicated export support team.

Give us a call

Our customer service advisers are available to answer your queries on the Customs and International Trade helpline. They’ll help you with importing, exporting and customs reliefs. The helpline is open from 8am‌‌ to‌‌ ‌10pm Monday‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌Friday and‌‌ ‌from 8am‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌4pm at‌‌ ‌weekends. Call 0300‌‌ ‌322‌‌ ‌9434 to speak to an adviser.

We’ll continue to provide guidance and support to help you and your business, including information on GOV‌‌.UK, our popular live webinars and through this regular email.

Yours faithfully

Directors General, Borders and Trade, HMRC

Author: Lisa Thompson
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