HMRC has published a letter to UK businesses that trade only with the EU giving details of important actions they need to take.

The letter highlights the changes businesses need to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is the third letter to businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

The letter asks businesses to take a number of actions to prepare for no deal. These include:

  • making customs declarations
  • registering for a EORI number at Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • deciding if they want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for them or if they want to make declarations themselves using relevant software
  • registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.

There are also important updates on the way businesses trading with the EU pay import VAT and use EU VAT IT systems if we leave with no deal. You can read the full letter at Letters on 'no deal' Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU.

These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. HMRC will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland as soon as it can.

New guidance has also been published on:

The guides provide further information explaining what these changes mean for UK businesses that trade with the EU. You can find the guides at Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

HMRC has also published a ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool to help UK businesses find out:

  • what they need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in their industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations.

Businesses need to answer 7 questions to get guidance relevant to them and their sector. You can access the tool at Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU.