HMRC have written to all UK businesses that currently trade with the European Union to outline new procedures that will take effect in the event of a no-deal Brexit and the actions they need to take in advance of the March deadline.

The new plans will simplify customs processes in the case of a no-deal Brexit and will allow companies to import goods from the EU without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and will be able to postpone paying any import duties. Changes are also being made to VAT payments, to avoid collection at the border.

The new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), have been designed specifically to make importing through the Channel Tunnel and roll-on roll-off locations, like Dover-Calais, easier for a period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal. See full process below.

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Shippers will need to hold an EORI number and register for TSP (which can be done online) to transport goods into the UK without making a full customs declaration at the border, and postpone duty payment.

Application for TSP commence today 7 February at
If you need an EORI number you can apply at

While these developments are welcome, we will continue to work through our trade associations to urge the government to do everything it can to let firms know what they’ll need in terms of new documentation and authorisations to trade with the EU.