Support available for businesses which export to EU

Support available for businesses which export to EU
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Published: February 15th, 2021

Businesses which send goods to the EU can access a range of Government support to help them, the Business Secretary has said.

Kwasi Kwarteng says the help is available as businesses adapt to the new trading framework now in place as a result of the UK’s free trade deal with the EU.

Mr Kwarteng said: “Our free trade deal gives us a clear framework for trading with the EU. Everyone who trades with EU member states must follow the new rules to keep their business moving.

“The Government will continue to provide support and guidance for businesses exporting to the EU and the rest of the world, to make this process as simple as possible.”

Mr Kwarteng outlined the range of help and support available.

New rules for businesses include: 

  • You must declare any goods you send to the EU, providing details about what you’re sending and what it’s worth, using a customs declaration form. You can get a customs intermediary to help you do this.
  • If you’re sending goods using a fast parcel operator or express courier, they’ll declare the goods for you, using the information you provide. This option could be beneficial for smaller businesses who aren’t looking to get a contract with a customs agent.
  • If you’re sending goods by post valued at £900 or less, Royal Mail will give you a customs declaration sticker to fill in and attach to the parcel. For goods worth more than £900, Royal Mail will submit the customs declaration for you, using the information you provide.
  • Department for International Trade’s Check How to Export Goods online tool, where you can find information on the UK border, and duties and customs procedures for over 160 markets around the world.
  • VAT guidance about the conditions for zero rating VAT on the goods you export, and what you should do when you export goods in specific circumstances.
  • The free Trader Support Service that you can sign up to, if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • An online guidance package developed by DEFRA with HMRC to guide fish exporters through each step of the export journey. There’s a range of information and support available to help you make sure you’re following the new rules including the MMO One Stop Shop.
  • View the new on demand videos which focus on priority topics for businesses, such as exporting.
  • Specific guidance and training is available on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland.

Support for exporters:

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free business advice on 0800 998 1098.

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