The Government has announced plans to phase in Entry Summary Declarations if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Entry Summary Declarations are the statements of goods and transportation vehicles submitted before arrival to entry customs offices.
They are currently used for trade from all non-EU countries. However, failure to reach a deal with the EU may require declarations for all goods imported from the EU.
As implementing such a system at such short notice would require a massive amount of resources, the Government has confirmed that the status quo will be temporarily maintained for a period of six months.
Notably, the new rules only apply to goods coming from the EU. Importers will still be required to submit import declarations for customs purposes, which are not the same as Entry Summary Declarations.
The announcement forms part of a series of measures designed to give businesses more time to prepare for changes to EU-UK trade arrangements should the UK leave the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019.
Earlier this year, the Government announced that Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) could be used for at least 15 months for customs declarations to ease the way for businesses.
Commenting on the report, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride said: “We’ve listened to businesses and are responding to their concerns.
“We have been adamant that in the event of no deal, trade must continue at our borders, and we will continue to make our borders secure.
“Maintaining continuity with the current system for the first six months and phasing Entry Summary Declarations in will ensure we deliver on that promise.”
The advice forms part of more than 100 pages of cross-government guidance for businesses on processes and procedures at the border in a no deal scenario.
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