11-10-2018
Importing from non-EU countries

There are special rules for businesses that import goods from non-EU countries. Whilst most smaller businesses importing goods will use a courier or freight forwarder it is still important to be aware of the duties and VAT implications. Businesses importing goods must be able to distinguish between importing goods from outside the EU or within the EU. Intra-EU movements of goods that are imported are referred to as ‘acquisitions’ and goods that are exported to the EU are known as ‘dispatches’.

Businesses that start to import goods from outside the EU are required to apply for an Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification System (EORI) that helps businesses communicate with customs officials. Businesses also need to ensure they correctly classify any imported goods, declare the goods to customs and pay any VAT and duty that is due.

Currently, it is more straightforward to handle acquisitions from within the EU, and there are no import duty implications. However, the VAT accounting can be complex especially where multiple countries are involved. There is also a separate requirement to complete Intrastat declarations if the total value of goods exceeds £1.5 million annually. 

It remains to be seen what changes will happen for goods imported from Europe especially if we get a no deal Brexit. In fact, if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal there would be immediate changes to the procedures that apply to businesses trading with the EU as the rules that allow for the free circulation of goods would cease. This means that we could see a similar process to that currently in place for imports from non-EU countries applied to EU imports.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs | 11-10-2018

Back

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

  • ABOUT US

    the accountancy practice kent logo

    The Accountancy Practice is a Kent based firm specialising in small and medium sized businesses. We provide a friendly, professional service and regard our smallest client as important as our largest.
  • Latest News

    12-12-2018
    VAT on property service charges

    A new Revenue and ... read more

    12-12-2018
    Are you ready for VAT filing changes April 2019?

    The introduction of ... read more

    12-12-2018
    Is your income approaching £100,000?

    For high earning ... read more

    More news

  • CONTACT US

    The Accountancy Practice
    10 Churchill Square
    Kings Hill
    West Malling
    Kent ME 19 4YU

    01732 897929

    Fax: 01732 897939
    info@theaccountancypracticeltd.co.uk


    Facebook
    Twitter
    Linkedin
  • Why choose us

    By working more closely with you than traditional accountants, The Accountancy Practice is able to gain a deeper understanding of your individual business needs. We are then on hand to support you with day to day issues and provide ongoing financial and taxation expertise. You can think of us as your virtual Financial Director.