Operate after Brexit

Support for export and customs documentation

Export, import and customs documents

A trade deal between the EU and the UK has been agreed and as a result the process for importing and exporting goods from the EU has changed.

Read the latest guidance to find out how the new rules from 1 January 2021 affect your business and actions you should take to ensure operations continue smoothly after Brexit. 

Import goods into the UK: step by step guide on GOV.UK

Export goods from the UK: step by step guide on GOV.UK

HMRC Trader Checklist - use this checklist to help you prepare to move goods between Great Britain and Europe

Guidance on Export Health Certificates (EHC)

Northern Ireland Protocol

The Northern Ireland Protocol has come into force and there are changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Take action to ensure your business can continue to operate now that these changes have been made. 

UK Government guidance on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

Further advice and guidance on Northern Ireland 

Where can I find help with making declarations?

You don’t have to deal with customs on your own. If your business doesn’t have the right resources to make customs declarations, you can hire someone to deal with this for you: 

Imports and Exports: general queries 

You can get in touch with HMRC via phonewebchat or contact form for any import and export queries you may have. The phone lines and webchat services are open Monday–Friday, 8am–6pm, and closed bank holidays and weekends.  

HMRC videos

There's lots of useful content on the HMRC YouTube channel, including videos on the below topics:

Import and export documentation

Making sure you have the correct documentation is an essential part of international trade.

Information on some common types of internal trade documentation can be found on the GOV.UK website.

If you are unsure about which documents you need to provide or how to complete them, you can get advice from your local Chamber of Commerce. Scottish Enterprise is working with the eight Chambers of Commerce in Scotland who are licensed by HM Government and HMRC to issue export and import-related documentation and services. Providing expert advice and support, they can answer your questions on export and customs documentation, changes to documentation systems and associated process changes brought about by Brexit.  
This service is available to all companies, not just members of the Chambers. To access this support, just call your nearest Chamber. 

The eight licensed Chambers are: Aberdeen and Grampian, Ayrshire, Dundee , Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Inverness and Renfrewshire.

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