New customs and tax rules for goods moving between the EU and UK, SME Brexit Support Fund and other government support

As a result of Brexit and the transition period coming to an end, if you move goods between the UK and countries in the EU you will need to follow new customs and tax rules.

Your business will be affected by the new rules if you:

  • buy goods from an EU seller and bring them into the UK
  • send goods you’ve sold to a buyer in an EU country
  • haven’t exchanged money but need to move equipment that you use, between the UK and EU

The government recognise that the new rules will mean lots of changes for businesses and as a result, HRMC is offering a variety of support options. 

SME Brexit Support Fund

Smaller businesses can apply for up to £2000 to pa for practical support, training or professional advice to support with adjustment to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules for EU trading. You can find more information about the fund on the government website.  


There are also a selection of webinars available online. These webinars are available on GOV.UK and provide guidance as well as answering some frequently asked questions. You can also view the answers to questions other business owners have asked, and also find further support. To register for webinars, please visit HRMC’s website.

Support helpline

If you would rather speak to a member of the Customs and international Trade team, you can call them on 0300 322 9434 from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. There is also an online form and web chat that can be used for additional support.

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