HMRC Updates guidance on sending humanitarian aid

HMRC Updates guidance on sending humanitarian aid

23.3.2022 | Customs

HMRC UPDATES GUIDANCE ON SENDING HUMANITARIAN AID

HMRC has issued further legislation to make it simpler to move humanitarian aid from GB to support those impacted by the Ukraine crisis. 

The simplification of customs processes will apply to goods intended to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which are exported from GB. Provided the goods are not exported to, or through, Russia or Belarus, then these simplified processes apply to qualifying goods regardless of the destination to allow maximum flexibility to get aid to where the need is greatest.

The Government still recommends that anyone who would like to help should donate cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it’s needed and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what’s most needed locally.

The information linked below sets out what has been announced, in addition, we are also providing the latest legislation.

Link to HMRC Guidance

Link to latest Legislation

Source BIFA

Delayed customs declarations period set to end

Delayed customs declarations period set to end

14.12.2021 | Tax

Delayed customs declarations period set to end

Make sure your business isn’t caught out.

With the New Year comes another important Brexit deadline – this time an end to the period for delayed customs declarations.

The shake-up will have a big impact on trade with the continent, and it is vital businesses are prepared should they wish to avoid chaos at the border.

Here, Andrew Diver, Head of Taxation at Beatons Group, explains why companies should look towards an HMRC stress-free January.

What is the situation?
Businesses importing goods from the EU into the UK have benefited from delayed declarations with HMRC measures meaning they could be declared 175 days from the point of entry.

Why were measures brought in?
The measures, as part of the Brexit transition, were originally set to expire on June 30 this year but were pushed back to New Year’s Eve.

They were designed to make the transition out of the European Union easier for traders and keep international trade flowing without excess delay.

But while these have been a key aid to businesses across Britain, the New Year will bring with it great change.

From the 1st, all goods entering the UK from the EU will need a full declaration – including supplier declarations and statements of origin. Using EU as a country of origin will also be removed, and the relevant member state origin code will now be required.

Postponed VAT accounting will still be available except where HMRC have specifically advised otherwise.

What should businesses do?
Importers should have begun preparations for the changes, with Christmas and the New Year now approaching at an alarming pace.

Putting in place relevant procedures in-house, or engaging with a customs broker, can help make the required full customs declarations for goods imported.

Businesses should get an EORI number from the government before importing goods and entering them into EIDR records.

Moreover, they will also need to account for import VAT.

Also, unrelated to Brexit, commodity codes to classify goods will also change from January 1, 2022, as part of their usual five-year review cycle. Commodity codes which have been used for the past five years may no longer be accurate.

How Beatons can help
The Beatons Group specialises in a wide range of tax, customs, and duty areas, including companies importing from the European Union.

Should your business require assistance, contact the friendly team on 01473 659777.

Customs Support Group (CSG) acquires customs broker UK Customs Solutions (UKCS)

Customs Support Group (CSG) acquires customs broker UK Customs Solutions (UKCS)

3.11.2021 | Customs

Customs Support Group (CSG) acquires customs broker UK Customs Solutions (UKCS)

Based in Felixstowe, Nottingham, Glasgow and Dover, UKCS and its 150 staff expand CSG’s UK strength to 210 and its customer base by around 1,000.

The Customs Support Group, Europe’s leading independent and neutral provider of customs services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of UK Customs Solutions (“UKCS”) to further enhance their UK presence, capacity and capability.

Established in 2014, UKCS is an AEO authorised customs broker with approx. 150 people based out of Felixstowe, Nottingham, Glasgow and Dover. The two founders of UKCS, Bryn Ward and Ross Gosling have managed to build a leading customs broker, that serves more than 1,000 customers ranging from large international companies to small and medium-sized UK companies. Like Customs Support UK, UKCS supports clients in their customs formalities and helps manage through the complexities of Brexit. Both companies strongly believe that the respective customers will benefit greatly from the merger given increased scale, more know-how and better coverage.

The combined company will not only be the leading customs broker in the United Kingdom with ~210 customs specialists at 6 strategically located offices covering the whole country, – but will offer its customers also the opportunity to profit from all of Customs Support’s European operations.

“As UK’s leading customs broker we are very enthusiastic to join the Customs Support Group, in becoming the EU’s number one customs partner. Our high professional standards and client-driven approach are fully aligned with Customs Support’s approach” says Bryn Ward, UKCS Managing Director.

“We are more than happy to welcome, Bryn and Ross and their team to the Customs Support Group, as the two are very strong entrepreneurs and customs experts who have built a fantastic business. Together with Des Hiscock, the current Customs Support UK managing director, they will form a strong management team to further grow our UK operations” adds Frank Weermeijer, CEO of Customs Support Group.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, the Customs Support Group is Europe’s leading independent and neutral provider of customs services employing >1.000 dedicated customs professionals serving over 10,000 customers annually. Through our extensive service offering and digital capability we consistently support our customers in maximising regulatory compliance, achieving operational efficiencies, import duty optimisation; duty planning and ongoing development for a constantly shifting customs landscape.

In addition, to traditional brokerage and digital services, the Customs Support Group offer customs consulting and gas measurement services. The company is currently active in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Italy.

In Europe, Customs Support Group serves many cross-border clients in several industries such as automotive, food and beverage and many more. Customs Support is the frontrunner in digital customs and invests substantially in the digitalisation of the customs process.

Urgent request from HMRC

Urgent request from HMRC

16.6.2021 | Customs

Urgent request from HMRC

Have you decided to use delayed declarations or are you potentially interested in doing so? 

HMRC is looking to speak to businesses who bring goods into the UK from the EU, and either:

• have decided to use delayed declarations (whether they have already made their supplementary declaration or not).
• would be potentially interested in using delayed declarations.

They would be looking to speak to approximately five businesses. The sessions would take about 45 minutes to an hour, and there would be an interview section, and then they would show them some guidance pages to get their feedback.

They would be looking at offering time slots from 9-5:

• Friday the 18th
• Monday the 21st
• Tuesday the 22nd

They are also happy to be flexible with dates if other days would suit.

Please note these sessions are entirely voluntary, and all information from the sessions will be confidential.

We appreciate the short notice and would be extremely grateful for any support.

Please contact
jccccustomsguidancesubgroup@hmrc.gov.uk or simon.edwards@hmrc.gov.uk as soon as possible if you can help with this request or let them know if you have any questions.