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Are You Ready for New Customs Rules Starting on 1st January 2022?

Are You Ready for New Customs Rules Starting on 1st January 2022?

After 31st December, 2021, full customs controls will be introduced at UK borders, meaning that the option to delay your customs declarations for up to 175 days, without an authorisation from HMRC, is over!

If you are already making full import declarations, or if you have started submitting supplementary declarations, you are well prepared!  If you haven’t yet made any declarations to HMRC for goods that you have moved from the EU since January 2021, you need to start preparing now for this change.

If you have moved goods or intend to move goods from the EU to GB during 2021, you MUST make customs declarations for these goods.

Importing any non-controlled goods from EU free circulation to GB free circulation during 2021: EU free circulation goods have been produced/manufactured in the EU or have been declared to customs and customs duties paid.  GB free circulation goods have been imported with the intention of paying the customs duties straight away.

You can chose to make a full declaration at the time the goods arrive into Great Britain (GB) or delay your declarations. You cannot use delayed declarations if you are importing controlled goods or the goods are not going into free circulation.

If you choose to delay your declaration, you will need to enter the goods in your records (known as an Entry in Declarants’ Records or EIDR) and then provide full details in a supplementary declaration. You need to do this no later than 175 calendar days after either the goods are entered in your records, OR the date your goods arrived in GB - whichever is sooner.  For example, if you imported goods on 29th April, 2021, you must submit your supplementary declaration before 21st October 2021.

From 1st January 2022

From 1st January 2022, when full customs controls are introduced, the option to delay declarations without an authorisation from HMRC will no longer apply. You will need to choose to make full customs declarations when you import goods or to be authorised to make simplified declarations.

Your goods may not be allowed to travel to the UK if you have not made a customs declaration!

The Chamber’s experienced Customs Declarations team can help with your import and export declaration requirements.  We are also able to offer a Supplementary Declaration service and help ensure that you are fully HMRC compliant when 1st January 2022 comes.  As part of the ChamberCustoms network, we can help you ensure your goods clear customs at entry points across the UK so there are no delays or extra charges.

To find out more, or to arrange a meeting to discuss your customs declarations requirements, please contact Lorraine Holt at

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