Last reviewed 14 January 2021

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has brought together in one place numerous guides and on processes for importing and exporting goods now that the UK has left the European Union.

At https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-exporting-and-importing-businesses, it provides links to a range of useful tools and to information about the UK’s new trading arrangements.

There is a link to the UK Global Tariff so that traders can check what tariff will be payable on goods entering the UK and look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates.

They can also find a commodity code to classify their goods and look up duty rates, reliefs and quotas.

“The existing commodity code system continues to apply,” DIT emphasises. “We will make routine updates to the codes and provide more information as these become available.”

The link also gives access to information on the trade agreements the UK is negotiating and which have already been signed, with details of how they will apply to businesses.

A series of goods are included which cover, for example, trading and moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland, exporting controlled goods and step-by-step instructions on importing and exporting goods.

Also included are notes on how to prepare to export and import goods from non-EU countries.

Finally, links are included covering import controls and restrictions and explaining how to apply to the new Trade Remedies Service which will investigate imports which are causing or threatening injury to UK industry.