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Northern Ireland: Government denies it is about to renege on its customs agreement with the EU

08 September 2020

Press reports suggest that the Government’s Internal Market Bill, due to be published tomorrow, may significantly diverge from the customs border arrangements it agreed with the EU in the Northern Ireland Protocol. If so, Northern Ireland businesses could be pushed into a position of even greater uncertainty as Brexit looms.

Untangling trade beyond brexit

06 August 2020

Brexit is a disruptor. Whether its impacting today’s operations and decision making, or future trade or investment, Brexit is disrupting businesses today; but are you ready?

VAT and customs duty as Brexit concludes

18 July 2020

The UK government announced last month that it will not be seeking an extension to the current transition period, meaning that barring a significant change in the parties' current negotiating position, the UK will leave the EU’s single market and customs union on 31 December 2020.

HMRC hints at plans for an electronic border with the EU

08 July 2020

Details are emerging of a new electronic customs system to record imports of goods between the UK and the EU and between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK after the end of the Brexit transition period. How will it work, and will it be ready on time?

Clarity at last over post-Brexit imports of goods from the EU
Brad Ashton

18 June 2020

The Government has provided information on border controls and customs procedures that will be applied to goods imported into Great Britain from the EU with effect from 1 January 2021.

VAT and customs duty: Make sure your supply chain is Coronavirus and Brexit proof

02 June 2020

Many businesses have had to put Brexit on the back burner while they fight the global economic crisis brought on by coronavirus. With less than seven months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU’s VAT and customs systems, cross border traders should start reviewing their contracts and ‘Incoterms’, especially if the current crisis has, or will lead to, changes in their usual supply chains.

Import VAT and duty freeze on medical supplies and emergency export controls on PPE

15 April 2020

Two welcome announcements from HMRC help support our frontline workers get vital supplies.

Government statement fails to calm fears of a hard Brexit for customs

04 March 2020

The Government has revealed ambitious, perhaps over ambitious, plans for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU to be in place by the end of this year. It is very clear on the outcome if negotiations don’t go to plan.

Hard customs border adds to Brexit pain for UK importers

18 February 2020

The removal of Brexit contingency plans for customs and VAT promised in 2019 will make an already difficult situation even worse for businesses. Disruption to supply chains seems inevitable, and the removal of postponed accounting and/or transitional simplified procedures will make an already difficult situation even worse for businesses.

Government consults on new customs tariff for post-Brexit era

12 February 2020

The Department for International Trade has launched a public consultation on its proposals for a new UK customs tariff, to be implemented at the end of the Brexit transition period. The closing date for comments is 5 March 2020 and we can expect an announcement on the UK’s new tariff shortly thereafter. Businesses should take note.

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