HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Monday, 7 December 2020

HMRC's Sympathetic Customs' Approach


HMRC has told businesses trading across the Irish Sea it will take a "sympathetic" approach to new customs rules in January when the UK leaves the transition period of Brexit.

Northern Ireland will leave the EU's customs union at the end of the Brexit transition in January.

However, it will enforce EU customs rules at its ports, meaning goods coming from Great Britain will need declarations.

HMRC estimates that will involve 11m declarations a year.

HMRC official Aidan Reilly told MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs committee his organisation was "acutely aware" that many traders are going to be entirely new to these customs processes.

He is quoted by the BBC:

"We will of course want to be sympathetic to traders in the early days of the regime who are trying to do the right thing but are not clear on what exactly they need to do."

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