The European Commission has launched a webpage providing information for SME businesses on customs preparedness in the event of a “no deal” Brexit when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union on 29 March 2019.

 

The webpage details that customs formalities will apply from 30 March onwards for businesses trading with the United Kingdom, including requirements concerning custom declarations, import/exporting licenses, and the payment of duties on imports. In addition, the website notes that VAT will be due on importation, and that rules concerning cross-border refunds will change.

The page provides links to a Brexit factsheet, a checklist for traders, as well as notices concerning specific topics and contact numbers for the customs authorities in each Member State.