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The UK Transition – New and Updated Guidance

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Importing and Exporting

NEW: Bringing goods into Great Britain from outside the UK from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued on the allowances which mean that you can bring a certain amount of goods into Great Britain from outside the UK for your own use, without having to pay duty. For more information, click here.

NEW: Duty suspensions and tariff quotas from 1 January 2021: Guidance on temporary duty suspensions and tariff quotas for importing goods into the UK has been issued. For more information, click here.

NEW: Reporting sales of goods from Northern Ireland to the EU for VAT from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued on how to report supplies of goods from Northern Ireland to VAT-registered customers in an EU country using an EC Sales List. For more information, click here.

NEW: Suspensions or reductions from Customs Duty for UK Trade Tariff from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been issued about the UK Trade Tariff temporary suspension or reduction of Customs Duty from 1 January 2021. For more information, click here.

NEW: Movement Assistance Scheme: get help with moving agrifood goods to Northern Ireland: New support is available for traders and businesses through the Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS), to help them meet new requirements for moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after the transition period ends. For more information, click here.

NEW: UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) graduated goods: A notice has been published on graduated goods under the UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). For more information, click here.

NEW: HMRC newsletter on Community, Common Transit and Transport International Roturiers: HMRC have released another newsletter in their series. This edition covers Euro Exchange Rates. To view this, and previous editions, click here.

NEW: Rules of origin: requirements to access preferential tariffs in UK Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): If you are trading goods with any countries with which the UK has an FTA, you will need to comply with Rules of Origin to benefit from preferential (lower or zero) tariffs. This includes the EU in the event a deal is reached. For more information on Rules of Origin, click here.

UPDATED: Open general export licence (export of dual-use items to EU member states): Guidance on the licence for the export of dual-use items to EU member states has been revised to take into account changes in legislation following the end of the transition period. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Trade with Iceland and Norway: Guidance on how you import and export to Iceland and Norway from 1 January 2021 has been updated with the latest advice. For more information, click here.

Moving Goods

NEW: Ongoing customs movements and procedures at the end of the transition period: Information on what to do if you are moving goods or have goods in the customs procedures at the end of the transition period has been issued. To view this guidance, click here.

NEW: Transiting animals and animal products through Great Britain: Guidance with the rules to follow if you are moving animals or animal products from one third country to another third country and transiting Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), known as ‘landbridge’ movements has been issued. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Moving your goods to common or EU transit countries: Guidance on preparing your goods and planning your routes if you are using common or Union transit has been updated to clarify guidance on checking if you need to complete an export declaration for movements starting in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Moving goods through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet from 1 January 2021: Guidance has been updated with the addresses of the locations of ATA carnet processing points (for Sevington, Dover Western Docks and North Weald). For more information, click here.

Trade

NEW: Summary of the UK-Singapore agreement: Details of the trade agreement can be viewed here.

UPDATED: Trade remedies transition policy: Guidance on trade remedies which protect domestic industries from unfair practices around imports. The UK’s own independent trade policy includes a trade remedies system. Guidance has been updated to reflect recent updates to measures being maintained or terminated. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Trading with developing nations from 1 January 2021: Details on the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences have been updated to include preferences regarding Cambodia under the UK GSP. For more information, click here.

An up-to-date list of existing UK trade agreements with non-EU countries is available here.

Marketing Goods

UPDATED: Notification of tobacco or herbal products for smoking: Guidance for businesses which need to notify the government that they are placing a tobacco or herbal smoking product on the market has been updated in line with the new regulations that will apply after the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020. For more information, click here.

UPDATED: Product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021: Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Guidance on specific product safety and metrology has been updated for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Updated guidance includes supplementary guidance on Regulation 14 of the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 and a second version of the guide on the PPE regulations 2018  has been published. For more information on this for products placed on the GB market, click here. For more information for on this for products placed on the NI market click here.

Intellectual Property

NEW: Trade marks and geographical indications after 1 January 2021: Guidance for businesses and organisations on the relationship between trade marks and geographical indications (GIs) at the end of the transition period has been issued. For more information, click here.

Designated Standards

UPDATED: Designated standards: Information has been updated for businesses about designated standards at the end of the transition period. Changes include links have been added for construction products and cableway installations designed to carry persons and general product safety. For more information, click here.


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