Government launches digital tools to help importers and exporters navigate post-Brexit trade

Written by Sam Trendall on 5 February 2020 in News
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Online services will help traders keep abreast of taxes and other regulations

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The government has launched digital tools to help companies selling goods into and out of the UK to navigate the post-Brexit trade landscape.

The ‘Trade with the UK’ online service allows firms importing goods into the country to check tax rates and other trading requirements.

‘Check How to Export Goods’, meanwhile, is one portion of a GOV.UK step-by-step service that covers the nine stages UK businesses need to go through in order to sell goods overseas. It contains details of duties and customs processes for more than 160 countries around the world. 


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The tool, which was developed by the Department for International Trade, also collates information from other government entities – include HMRC and Defra – related to UK border regulations.

To make use of the online service, businesses will be asked to provide details of the materials used in the products they are selling, and the countries to which they intend to export them.

Both the import and export tools will be “updated regularly to reflect any changes”, DIT said.

The department added: “These tools will support existing businesses who are trading internationally and encourage new businesses to start by making it easier for them to find the information they need. All information included in the tools, such as tariffs, taxes and rules, remain the same as we enter the transition period. As we enter a new era in UK trade as an independent trading nation, these tools will support existing businesses who are trading internationally and encourage new businesses to start by making it easier for them to find the information they need.”

 

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