• Tracey Watson

2022 Rule Tightening for tariff-free trade with EU

Rules of Origin

Since January 2022 British exporters have been required to demonstrate compliance with the rules of origin in the UK-EU trade deal to benefit from continued tariff-free trade with the EU.

Under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) British exporters can send goods to the EU tariff-free if their products are classed as having ‘UK origin’.

Similarly, EU exporters sending goods to the UK can do so duty-free so long as their goods are classed as having ‘EU origin’.

End of the Grace Period

There is a risk that businesses have become complacent and misunderstand the level of evidence that is now required to demonstrate origin because of the one-year grace period provided by UK government. Since January 2022 business have been required to demonstrate they are compliant with these rules, or they will be required to pay duties.

Many businesses are not aware that they have been benefitting from a range of phased Brexit implementations measures, including grace periods around rules of origin, which changed in January 2022, when further border measures came into force. Businesses need to ensure that they are prepared and ready for any potential audit/customs checks, to avoid a shock and even further disruption.”

Read the government guidance on how to check that goods meet rules of origin.

Contact us now for more information about how to comply with the rules of origin in the UK-EU trade deal

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