EU Trade Tips

EU Trade Tips

Full customs controls came into effect on 1 January 2022. You might be affected if you move goods between Great Britain (GB) and countries in the European Union (EU).

If you have a specific question about importing, exporting or customs reliefs
Call our Customs and International Trade helpline on 0300 322 9434. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends. You can also send us your questions or contact us by webchat.

The Export Support Service is a new helpline for UK businesses to get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. The service is a ‘one-stop shop’ and brings together UK government information, making it easier for exporters to access advice and support.

Visit HMRC’s YouTube channel
HMRC’s YouTube channel has videos and recorded webinars about customs processes and what you need to do before you trade goods with the EU.

Watch our Rules of origin recorded webinar to understand the process and what you need to do if you buy from, send or sell goods to the EU.

Register now for our live webinars

We’ll explain existing guidance and answer general questions about the content. We’re unable to answer questions specific to the items you import or export on the webinars:
- How to import – what you need to do if you’re importing goods into Great Britain from the EU (except Ireland) or rest of world countries, from 1 January 2022

- Exporting: what you need to do to keep your goods moving – covering zero-rated VAT, customs declarations, using an intermediary as well as licences, certificates, and authorisations
- Customs Import Declarations: an overview – of the whole declarations process

- Importing food and drink, and animal products from the EU to Great Britain – DEFRA webinars about upcoming changes and how to register and use the import system IPAFFS (Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System).


You can also find webinars and videos from other government departments about trading with the EU.